Meningitis is on-going risk in West Africa

In just the first 3 months of this year, there have been 22,955 cases of bacterial meningitis in West Africa, and 1,374 reported deaths. Most of the cases and deaths were reported by Nigeria (17,462 cases and 950 deaths).

December to June is the highest risk period for exposure to meningitis in countries in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt that includes the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to meningitis by obtaining a vaccination against meningitis prior to travelling in these countries.

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