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Meningitis warning for Hajj pilgrims

Dr Syed Raza Hussain is urging GPs to vaccinate Muslim patients against meningitis if they plan to make the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Two years ago, 20 people from the UK died after a meningitis outbreak at the pilgrimage site, caused by two new strains of the disease. Dr Hussain, a GP in Alum Rock, Birmingham, and a member of the Association of British Hujjaj, said all pilgrims should be immunised against meningitis A and C.

He said: 'Meningitis C is a killer disease and once it has infected a person, God only help them.'

Up to 40,000 British Muslims are expected to go to this year's Hajj,

which takes place on February 12.

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