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Ebola outbreak – a grave concern for Hajj pilgrims

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Health experts from the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) have expressed their deep sorrow and grief at the loss of nearly 1,000 innocent human lives in West Africa due to the outbreak of Ebola virus.

ebola-virus-pathHealth experts have expressed their grave concern towards the welfare and wellbeing of over 2 million pilgrims, including 25,000 from the UK, who will converge to Makkah in September for this year’s annual Hajj pilgrimage. Hajj pilgrims are at a high risk of contracting deadly and lethal infectious diseases because of their close proximity with millions of people from around the world due to over crowding at ceremonies, accommodation sites, and public transports during the Hajj pilgrimage.

Health experts have issued a stern warning to the prospective pilgrims to make every effort to safeguard their health and to avoid contracting infectious diseases, such as Meningitis, Coronavirus, and Ebola. Hajj pilgrims are reminded that Ebola virus can only spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids of an infected person and people with Ebola virus are only contagious when they are showing symptoms, such as fever, achiness, sore throat, stomach pain, rash or red eyes.

The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH) strongly urges the relevant countries around the world to pay heed to WHO’s recommendation and develop and disseminate advice regarding mass gatherings to eliminate the risk of further spread of Ebola virus amongst Hajj/Umrah pilgrims. Vulnerable Hajj/Umrah pilgrims must not be deprived off vital life-saving information about the preventive measures to safeguard their health and safety against infectious diseases in order to prevent the spread of these diseases worldwide.

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