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Meningitis C outbreak is spreading in Nigeria

In Nigeria, an outbreak of meningitis C that started in mid-January in Kebbi State has spread to 26 Local Government Areas of three States: Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara. So far, the total number of cases has reached almost 1,400 with 83 deaths.

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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