Thousands Risk Flu for Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

For the past 1,400 years, the faithful have flocked to the holy city of Mecca to take part in the annual pilgrimage, the Hajj. In accordance with one of the five pillars of Islam, every financially and physically able-bodied Muslim must perform the ritual at least once in their lives. This year is no exception: Officials say they are expecting about 2.5 million pilgrims from 160 countries to converge on the Saudi Arabian city and the other sacred sites. But the threat of the H1N1 virus is...Full Story
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