Meningitis outbreaks hit Ethiopia

Two outbreaks of meningitis have been reported in Ethiopia. One, with 66 cases reported during the past week, is occurring in the Amaro woreda [district] of Segen Peoples zone. The 2nd outbreak, with 35 reported cases, is now suspected in Gedo zone (Dilla town, Dilla Zuria, and Wenago woredas) during the past week.

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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