A Mass Gathering Experience at the 2009 Pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, During the 2009 Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic

@inproceedings{Omar2013AMG,
  title={A Mass Gathering Experience at the 2009 Pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, During the 2009 Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic},
  author={Sherif R. Omar and Raouf M. Afifi},
  year={2013}
}
Background: Saudi Arabia hosted 2.5 million pilgrims in 2009 amidst H1N1 pandemic. The Armed Forces Hospital in Mina caters for pilgrims during Hajj, annually. In the hospital, rigorous infection control precautions were taken to mitigate the transmission of the pandemic among the care seekers and the hospital’s health workers. Objective: To study the distribution of confirmed H1N1 infection among suspected H1N1 patients admitted to the hospital. Methods: Patients who met disease severity… CONTINUE READING