Meningitis is a concern in Niger

Cases of meningitis have tripled in the past 2 weeks, reaching 6,179 suspected cases with 423 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak. Eleven districts of Niger have reached epidemic levels, including the capital city of Niamey where all 5 districts account for almost two thirds of all cases nationwide.

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Advice For Travellers

This outbreak in Niger is caused by a somewhat unusual strain of meningitis (serogroup C), and vaccines against this form of the disease are in short supply in Niger.

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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