Meningitis epidemic levels in Burkina Faso

With 816 reported cases of meningitis and 82 deaths, meningitis has reached epidemic levels. The most affected areas include Houndé et Boussé. Burkina Fasso is located in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt where epidemics occur annually.

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, South Sudan, 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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