Author: Uldan K. M.D.

90.7% had experienced respiratory infections during Hajj

Respiratory infection associated with Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is well reported. Hajj attendance increases the risk of acquisition of respiratory viral infection, specifically influenza. Clinical data recorded that 90.7% of a group who traveled from France to perform Hajj in 2013 had respiratory symptoms while in Saudi Arabia, including cough 86.8% and sore throat 82.9%; 49.6% reported fever, and 47.3% had conditions that met the criteria for influenza-like illness (the association of cough, sore throat, and subjective fever) 1

Saudi Arabia has reported the highest number of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) infection cases since the virus first emerged in 2012 and a death rate of 42%, as of November 2013. Global attention has focused on the potential for the spread of MERS after the Hajj pilgrimage during which Muslims from 180 countries converge in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Such pilgrims have a high risk of respiratory tract infections including influenza H3N2, influenza H1N1, and influenza B virus because of the gathering of millions of pilgrims.1

These diseases are viral infections against which antibiotics do not work at all. Consuming a clinically proven probiotic strain that improves immune health and works against viral infection is logical. In fact, a regular use of clinically proven probiotics like RESITON keeps your immune system strong, making it less likely for you to suffer from infections. Resiton induced an immunologic response that provided enhanced protection of cells from virus infections by increasing the production of virus neutralizing antibodies by 2 to 6 times more2. Various clinical studies prove that Resiton helps your body fight against infections including flu and influenza viruses. The world’s biggest clinical study involving 1,104 subjects recently published on the immune effects of probiotics has found that RESITON could reduce the duration of symptoms from the common cold and flu by 37.5%3. Resiton prove effective against Influenza virus vaccine including H3N2 and H1N14. We strongly recommend the consuming of Resiton everyday while you are there for Hajj and Umrah for the protection and treatment of flu, influenza and respiratory infections.

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