[Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]
The challenges of cholera at the 2017 Hajj pilgrimage
Alimuddin Zumla, Brian McCloskey, Tina Endericks, Esam I Azhar, Eskild PetersenEmail the author Eskild Petersen
Published: 10 August 2017 / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30454-1
In September, 2017, up to 2 million pilgrims from all continents will arrive in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.1 Living and worshipping together in crowded conditions will expose the pilgrims and the local Saudi Arabian community to a range of imported and local infections.1 Over the past 5 years the Hajj has focused attention on new and re-emerging infectious diseases with epidemic potential such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Zika virus, and pan-antibiotic-resistant bacteria—global health security threats that are ongoing and under active surveillance.
Keywords: The Hajj; Saudi Arabia; MERS-CoV; Cholera.