Meningitis outbreak spreading quickly in northern Uganda

Health officials have reported at least 16 deaths due to meningitis in two districts in northern Uganda during the past three weeks. Amuru District alone has recorded 33 cases and 14 deaths since the end of February. Oyam District has reported 25 cases and 2 deaths.

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, 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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