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Meningitis A Nearly Eliminated In 26 African Nations But Countries Must Make Vaccines Routine To Prevent Future Epidemic, Studies Show

News outlets report on a collection of articles and studies published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases noting progress in efforts by the Meningitis Vaccine Project to eliminate meningitis A in Africa.

BBC News: Meningitis jab in Africa a ‘stunning success’
“A mass vaccination program against meningitis A in Africa has been a ‘stunning success,’ say experts. More than 220 million people were immunized across 16 countries in the continent’s meningitis belt. In 2013 there were just four cases across the entire region, which once faced thousands of deaths each year…” (Gallagher, 11/10).

The Guardian: Huge gains on meningitis A in Africa could be under threat, warns WHO
“The ‘dramatic gains’ made by a vaccination campaign that has almost rid 26 African countries of meningitis A could be undermined if the pioneering vaccine used is not included in routine childhood immunization rounds, health experts have warned…” (Jones, 11/10).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Deadly meningitis strain virtually eliminated in much of Africa — study
“…[Marie-Pierre Preziosi, director of the Meningitis Vaccine Project,] said the next step was for governments to include the vaccine, known as MenAfriVac, in their childhood immunization programs. ‘Should we not introduce the vaccine into routine immunizations, in about 15 years from now, there will be a massive epidemic,’ said Preziosi, citing research published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal…” (Migiro, 11/10).

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