Pregnant women, elderly, kids urged to avoid hajj due to swine flu

Children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with chronic diseases should stay away from the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year as a preventative measure due to swine flu, international experts urged on Tuesday. The recommendations come following a four-day meeting in Jiddah aimed at examining measures to prevent to spread of the virus during the Muslim pilgrimage in December. The workshop, which ended Tuesday and included experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, was meant to allay fears of a wide-scale transmission of the disease during hajj.