Meningitis outbreak reported in Ethiopia

An outbreak of meningitis has been reported by Ethiopian authorities and the World Health Organisation near Arba Minch and Shebdino, in southern Ethiopia. The total number of cases is unclear. Ethiopia is located in the sub-Saharan meningitis belt that includes The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and Eritrea. Travellers to these countries 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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