Meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa (update)

As of mid-March, outbreaks of meningitis have been reported in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. A total of 6,685 suspected meningitis cases including 639 deaths have been reported.

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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