Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria

From the end of January to the first week in March, there have been 652 suspected cases of meningitis, including 50 deaths, reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control of the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria. Cases were reported from 10 local government areas of Kebbi and Sokoto. There are also suspected cases reported in Zamfara state, but an outbreak has not yet been confirmed.

Nigeria is one of the countries located in what is known as the sub-Saharan meningitis belt, where epidemics of this disease usually occur each year during the hot, dry season, between December and June. Travellers to Nigeria and other African countries in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt (the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, 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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