Outbreak of meningitis continues in Niger

Since the last report on the outbreak of meningitis in Niger, the number of cases have nearly tripled, from 1,150 cases two or three weeks ago to 3,304 cases and 252 deaths. Health authorities are concerned that there are insufficient quantities of vaccine available to control this epidemic.

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