Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) together with the Meningitis Research Foundation is reminding returnee Hajj pilgrims and their families of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, as over the last few years there have been about 20 deaths in UK from these diseases following the Hajj.
Although there are vaccines which give excellent protection against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) they cannot protect against all forms. Therefore it is important that if someone becomes ill, symptoms are recognised quickly and medical help obtained immediately.
These diseases often start with flu-like symptoms – fever, vomiting, cold hands and feet, shivering and limb, joint and muscle pain. Severe headache, stiff neck and dislike of bright lights may also be present as well as a rash which could appear anywhere on the body.
Mr Khalid Pervez, General Secretary of the ABH said: “Meningitis and septicaemia are killer diseases which need to be treated immediately. The ABH would urge all returnee pilgrims and their families to be aware of the symptoms ofmeningitis and septicaemia and know what to do if these diseases are suspected.”
Denise Vaughan, Meningitis Research Foundation’s Chief Executive, commented: “In view of the outbreaks of meningitis and septicaemia over the past few years associated with the Hajj, it is important that returning pilgrims and their families are aware of the symptoms. With these diseases, the quicker they are diagnosed and treated, the better the chances for a good recovery.”
Further information about meningitis and septicaemia can be obtained from Association of British Hujjaj (pilgrims) UK Dr. S. R. Hussain 07866 719 381 or website http://www.abhuk.com or Julia Warren of Meningitis Research Foundation- 01454 281 811 or 07711 057 875 or website: http://www.meningitis.org
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