Meningitis C outbreak in Niger

The outbreak of meningitis that began in January and peaked in March has affected nearly all areas of Niger. So far, 1,199 cases of meningitis C have been identified and 87 people have died. At present, the number of weekly cases is now decreasing, but there are insufficient stocks of vaccine available to protect those at risk in the event of another outbreak of the disease.

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Advice For Travellers

Although the number of cases is declining, the risk of exposure may still be high in some localities. Travellers to African countries in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt, e.g., The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Togo, and 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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