Carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in the Hajj and Umrah mass gatherings.

@article{Yezli2016CarriageON,
  title={Carriage of Neisseria meningitidis in the Hajj and Umrah mass gatherings.},
  author={Saber Yezli and Annelise Wilder-Smith and Abdulaziz A. Bin Saeed},
  journal={International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases},
  year={2016},
  volume={47},
  pages={65-70}
}
Meningococcal disease is a serious public health threat, especially during mass gatherings such as Hajj and Umrah which provide optimal conditions for disease transmission. The disease is caused by Neisseria meningitidis and transmitted mainly via asymptomatic carriers. A review of the literature on asymptomatic N. meningitidis carriage among Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and their household contacts was performed. Carriage studies reported carriage rates to be higher in Hajj pilgrims compared to… CONTINUE READING
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