Meningitis Outbreak in Africa

Meningitis Outbreak in Africa

Niger: 3,856 cases of meningitis were recorded between Jan. 1st and May 4th
•       Niger is facing a shortage of vaccines on the international market

•       Tests have confirmed the predominance of Neisseria serogroup C in the affected areas, with serogroup W also being identified in several samples

•       At least 265 deaths in Niger meningitis epidemic

•       Neighboring countries are also battling an outbreak of the disease:

–      Nigeria: 1,380 cases, including 83 deaths as of April 5th 2015

–      Burkina Faso: At least 1,696 cases and 182 deaths as of May 10th 2015

 

 

Sources: Niger epidemic,   meningitis outbreak,  outbreak in Africa

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