Hajj Pilgrimage

Pilgrim at Masjid Al Haram. Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Every Muslim should Perform one Hajj in his or her lifetime, over 2 million Muslims perform this pilgrimage every year.   Having this many people in one place at one time can cause health issues. Meningococcal disease outbreaks are well recognized at the Hajj, this is a type of meningitis that can spread between people when there are a lot of people in one place at one time. Luckily there is a meningitis vaccine called the Meningitis ACWY vaccine that can protect

Swimming and Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis Life Cycle

It is safer to swim in water that is well chlorinated, this usually means well maintained swimming pools. If you are travelling to Africa, the biggest risk is a disease called Schistosomiasis which is also known as Bilharzia or Snail Fever. Schistosomiasis is a chronic illness that can cause fever, liver problems, pre-dispose to bladder cancer as snail larvae also known as cercariae penetrate through your skin and travel to your liver veins to reproduce. In addidion to Bilhazia other diseases

How to Avoid Insect Bites

Mosquitoes, certain types of flies, ticks and bugs can cause transmit serious disease. e.g. malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever. Some bite at night, but some during daytime, so protection is needed at all times. Remember to do the following; Cover up as much skin as possible if going out at dusk or at night, (mosquitoes that transmit malaria bite from dusk until dawn).  Wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves, trousers or long skirts and socks. Use insect repellents on exposed

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