Epidemic of meningitis in Niger continues

The epidemic of meningitis that began in January has resulted in 908 cases and 85 deaths. In an attempt to limit spread, schools in the capital of Niamey will be closed from Wednesday until next Monday, since most of the cases have occurred in children from ages 2 to 15 years.

Travellers to African countries in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt, e.g., the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, during the dry season (December to June) can reduce the risk of exposure to meningitis by obtaining a vaccination against meningitis prior to travelling in these countries.

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