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Meningitis outbreak in Niger has peaked

The largest meningitis outbreak in the African meningitis belt occurred in Niger between 1 Jan and 28 Jun 2015. There were 8,500 suspected cases of whom 573 died. Epidemic levels of the disease occurred in 13 districts, including the city of Niamey. Since mid-May the number of reported cases has decreased considerably.

Advice

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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