Qanta A A Ahmed

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Although definitions of mass gatherings (MG) vary greatly, they consist of large numbers of people attending an event at a specific site for a finite time. Examples of MGs include World Youth Day, the summer and winter Olympics, rock concerts, and political rallies. Some of the largest MGs are spiritual in nature. Among all MGs, the public health issues,(More)
OBJECTIVE This review examines perspectives of human infection with avian influenza A H5N1 (AI H5N1), specifically focusing on the presentation, diagnosis, and management of those critically ill with AI H5N1. DATA SOURCE PubMed (1966-2006), PubMed "related articles," publications and Web sites of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease(More)
In spite of advances in microbiological and serological investigations over the last two decades, etiological attribution remains difficult in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Even after exhaustive investigation, the etiology of CAP remains unknown in up to 50% of patients. Common pathogens include Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate outcome predictors of patients with cirrhosis admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS One hundred and twenty-nine consecutive patients with cirrhosis admitted to the ICU at a tertiary care transplant centre in Saudi Arabia between March 1999 and December 2000 were entered prospectively in an ICU database. Liver(More)
BACKGROUND All mass gatherings can place travelers at risk for infectious diseases, but the size and density of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) present important public health and infection control challenges. This survey of protective practices and respiratory illness among US travelers to the 2009 Hajj was designed to(More)
Mass gatherings of people challenge public health capacities at host locations and the visitors' places of origin. Hajj--the yearly pilgrimage by Muslims to Saudi Arabia--is one of the largest, most culturally and geographically diverse mass gatherings in the world. With the 2009 pandemic influenza A H1N1 and upcoming Hajj, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of(More)