UK points pressing well being warning after probably deadly meningococcal illness detected | EUROtoday

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The Foreign Office has issued an pressing well being warning after three British travellers have been identified with meningococcal illness on their return to the UK.

The warning mentioned 14 circumstances of the invasive an infection have been reported amongst travellers to Saudi Arabia. Three of the circumstances have been discovered within the UK, 5 within the US, 4 in France and one every case in Norway and the Netherlands.

Those identified with the an infection had returned from the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, in keeping with Travel Health Pro, a web site supported by the Foreign Office.

The illness, brought on by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, can set off meningitis, an irritation of the protecting membranes protecting the mind and the spinal twine.

Meningococcal illness progresses quickly and may be lethal, with a fatality charge of as much as 15 per cent. It is most typical in kids lower than a 12 months outdated, youngsters, younger adults aged 16 to 23, and other people 65 and older.

The most typical signs are fever, headache and stiff neck, though sufferers additionally usually expertise nausea, vomiting, confusion and photophobia, which causes eyes to develop into extra delicate to mild.

The signs may be mistaken for a flu-like sickness at first, however they rapidly develop into extra extreme.

The well being ministry has provided tips to the general public to stop the illness. Preventative measures embody carrying masks, washing palms and guaranteeing the meals is totally cooked.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control mentioned the chance of European Hajj pilgrims being contaminated with communicable ailments was “considered to be low” on account of Saudi Arabia’s vaccination necessities and preparedness plans “that address the management of health hazards”.

It, nonetheless, famous that the chance of communicable illness outbreaks was highest for respiratory, waterborne, food-borne and vector-borne ailments as with different mass gathering occasions.