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Health Ministry statement on meningitis cases during Hajj season
Riyadh 25th April 2001

  The Health Ministry has said 52 patients out of a total of 79 meningitis cases which were detected during the Hajj season of 1421AH, have recovered from the disease. An official source at the Health Ministry disclosed this in a statement here Tuesday evening while commenting on a report circulated by Reuters on appearance of meningitis cases among the pilgrims who had returned to Britain from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after the Hajj season.

The official source pointed out that the particular microbe, which causes meningitis only surfaced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Hajj seasons of 1420AH and 1421AH.

The official source said the information obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO) and published on the Internet network has reiterated that the disease in all its forms is endemic in the various parts of the world, and even occurs in European countries.

The cases of the disease were reported at the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000, or prior to the Hajj season, the source added.

“Despite the gathering of more than two million pilgrims from the various parts of the world in one place, by the grace of God and due to the intensive efforts of the state, the pilgrims find every possible care. In addition, they are provided with the necessary preventive measures and good medical services,” the source said.

“Moreover, the Health Ministry has made it compulsory for anyone in the Kingdom or abroad, who wish to perform Hajj, to take the quadric vaccination for meningitis,” the source added.

Source: SPA

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