Global perspectives for prevention of infectious diseases associated with mass gatherings

Ibrahim Abubakar, Phillippe Gautret, Gary W. Brunette, Lucille Blumberg, David Johnson, Gilles Poumerol, Ziad A. Memish, Maurizio Barbeschi, Ali S. Khan

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We assess risks of communicable diseases that are associated with mass gatherings (MGs), outline approaches to risk assessment and mitigation, and draw attention to some key challenges encountered by organisers and participants. Crowding and lack of sanitation at MGs can lead to the emergence of infectious diseases, and rapid population movement can spread them across the world. Many infections pose huge challenges to planners of MGs; however, these events also provide an opportunity to engage in public health action that will benefit host communities and the countries from which participants originate. This is the second in a Series of six papers about mass gatherings health
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalThe Lancet Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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