Meningitis causes 40 deaths in Upper Guinea

Seventeen health districts have reported a total of 440 cases of meningitis. In the past 16 weeks there have been 40 deaths registered. Most of the cases have occurred in Upper Guinea, including the districts of Dixinn, Kankan, Mandiana Siguiri, Kouroussa Kérouané, Faranah Dabola Dinguiraye, Mamou Dalaba, Koundara Kindia, Kissidougou Beyla and Guékédou. Siguiri has reported the most cases, followed by Kouroussa.

Travellers to African countries in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt, including Guinea as well as the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, 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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