Thursday, April 23, 2009

WEST AFRICA: Meningitis wanes in Nigeria

The meningitis epidemic – the worst to hit West and Central Africa in five years according to the UN – is waning in hard-hit Nigeria, but Médecins Sans Frontières staff say the deadly disease is still spreading in parts of southern Niger. Agencies estimate at least six million people in Nigeria and over two million in Niger between the ages of two and 30 – the highest-risk group for infection – require vaccinations.In Nigeria meningitis had stricken 39,841 people and killed 1,886 as of 12 April.
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