Meningitis epidemic in Jabo, Nigeria

At least 100 people are dead in a fresh outbreak of suspected meningitis in Jabo in north-west Nigeria. There are reports of other deaths due to meningitis elsewhere in the country. 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, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, 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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