HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
All Hajj pilgrims should get meningitis jab

Seventeen per cent of those returning from the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina (Hajj) are carrying meningococcal bacteria, finds a study in this week's BMJ. As such, vaccination should become mandatory for all Hajj pilgrims, and should also be considered for their families, say the researchers.

Throat swabs were taken from 204 Malay pilgrims 18-72 days before their departure for the 2001 Hajj pilgrimage. Repeat swabs were taken from 84% of the pilgrims up to 45 days after their return.

Seventeen per cent of pilgrims were menningococcal carriers, with 90% carrying the W135 clone the strain that caused an international outbreak of meningococcal disease during the Hajj 2000. Carriage was significantly higher in pilgrims who had not taken antibiotics.

The returning pilgrims reported between 1 and 10 people living in their household. The level of meningococcal carriage in 233 of these contacts was 8.2%, of whom 42% were carrying the W135 clone.

Many countries currently give meningococcal vaccine (covering A and C strains) to Hajj pilgrims, say the authors. However, vaccination with the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (also covering W135) should become mandatory for all Hajj pilgrims and be considered for their household contacts.

Transmission of this clone from vaccinated Hajj returnees to their unvaccinated household contacts was substantial, putting contacts at particular risk of developing invasive disease, they add.

"Our findings support a policy of administering antibiotics to pilgrims before their return to their countries of origin to eradicate carriage and protect household contacts," they conclude.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Wilkinson
ewilkinson@bmj.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
15-Aug-2002


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Mecca pilgrims a priority for meningococcal vaccination
2. HIV testing should be routine part of primary health care for sexually active
3. Opponents of needle-exchange programs should think about their message to drug users
4. Public policy should address the social factors behind ill health
5. Ethical discussion should come before research
6. Age shouldnt be a factor in kidney transplantation
7. Pregnant women should exercise to keep depression away
8. HIV testing should no longer be accorded any special status
9. Branding practices in rural India should be banned
10. Diagnosis of prions in patients should utilize novel strategy, team says
11. How often should women get mammograms?

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... ... and family engagement with the use of the Precision Virtual Reality® medical ... Children’s National’s world-renowned neurosurgeons and physicians with a never-before view of the ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Marking its seventh year, Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association ... the World” on New Year’s Eve. Each year event organizer and Director of ... members, staff, families, and friends of the institution) to join the celebration. ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... DEERFIELD, Ill. (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2018 ... ... providing CRO, FSP, Strategic Resourcing, and Consulting services, announced its new office location ... location will accommodate organic growth of clinical trial operations in Europe and additional ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... 05, 2018 , ... What is Rosacea: , Rosacea is ... It manifests on the face, especially the cheeks, chin, nose and mid forehead. ... and psychological problems. , Although it is considered incurable, the use of appropriate ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... Dr. Jessica Allen of Northern Colorado Periodontics is ... ailing dental implants in the Fort Collins area. Dr. Allen joins an elite class ... bone and tissues lost to gum disease. , "Gum disease is a problem that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... ... The inaugural Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO was presented to Gary ... at The Leapfrog Group ’s annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. tonight. ... dedicated to curating and disseminating insights from the frontlines of health care to help ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2018 , ... ... the Nuanced Cyber Regulatory Waters , **An FDAnews Webinar**, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, ... medical devices get, the more vulnerable they become. , Cybersecurity is becoming an ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 05, 2018 , ... Two women with a vision to ... Cross Award. , Jean Bennett, M.D., Ph.D., and Katherine A. High, M.D., whose ... award on Dec. 4 at Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: