Global perspectives for prevention of infectious diseases associated with mass gatherings

Lancet Infect Dis. 2012 Jan;12(1):66-74. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70246-8.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Crowding
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control
  • Global Health
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Islam
  • Public Health*
  • Risk Management
  • Sanitation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Travel