Meningitis outbreak in Uganda

An outbreak of meningitis that began in January 2014 has been reported by the Ministry of Health. At least 31 cases have been registered in the districts of Adjumani and Arua districts. The neighbouring districts of Koboko and Maracha have recorded 2 cases.

Travellers to African countries in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt, e.g., The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and 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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