Appearance Of New Meningitis Strain In Niger Prompts Warning Of Possibly Worse Outbreak In 2016

Lancet Infectious Diseases: Meningitis outbreak in Niger is an urgent warning
“In most regards, the meningitis epidemic that struck Niger earlier this year was not unusual. But … [t]he outbreak in Niger was caused by a new strain of meningitis C. Serogroup C had been thought only to be a serious problem in Western Europe and the USA. Its involvement in an African epidemic has prompted WHO and partners including MSF and UNICEF to issue a joint warning that the continent must prepare for the possibility of a destructive outbreak over the 2016 meningitis season…” (Burki, September 2015).

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