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Doctors warned to be vigilant after cases of antibiotic resistant meningitis in people returning from Mecca

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 27 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5299
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Doctors should ask patients with symptoms that could be due to meningococcal infection about recent travel, Public Health England has warned after three cases of ciprofloxacin resistant meningococcal infection have been associated with recent travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.1

“The identification of resistant meningococcal conjunctivitis in people returning from Mecca highlights the urgent need to review currently recommended prophylactic measures for Hajj pilgrims, how best to prevent spread of N meningitidis between people attending mass gatherings, and how to protect contacts on return,” said Alimuddin Zumla, from University …

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