Meningitis outbreak in Niger continues

The meningitis outbreak in Niger has now caused 697 cases in the country including 75 deaths. More than half of the deaths occurred in the capital, Niamey. All regions of the country are affected, with the exception of Diffa.

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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