Respiratory Viruses and Bacteria among Pilgrims during the 2013 Hajj

  title={Respiratory Viruses and Bacteria among Pilgrims during the 2013 Hajj},
  author={Samir Benkouiten and R{\'e}mi N Charrel and Khadidja Belhouchat and Tassadit Drali and Antoine Nougair{\`e}de and Nicolas Salez and Ziad Ahmed Memish and Malak al Masri and P C Fournier and Didier Raoult and Philippe Brouqui and Philippe Parola and Phillipe Gautret},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
Pilgrims returning from the Hajj might contribute to international spreading of respiratory pathogens. Nasal and throat swab specimens were obtained from 129 pilgrims in 2013 before they departed from France and before they left Saudi Arabia, and tested by PCR for respiratory viruses and bacteria. Overall, 21.5% and 38.8% of pre-Hajj and post-Hajj specimens, respectively, were positive for ≥1 virus (p = 0.003). One third (29.8%) of the participants acquired ≥1 virus, particularly rhinovirus (14… CONTINUE READING
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