Meningitis in Africa: Hundreds of Thousands Vaccinated
Two months into the dry season in the African "meningitis belt",15 595 cases, including 1670 deaths, have been reported to WHO from four countries: Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Uganda. Two of these countries, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are at the extreme south of the belt, The region stretches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, an area with a population of 300 million. The samples show that these cases are caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A, the most common serogroup in Africa.
In northern Uganda, 2961 cases, including 105 deaths, have been reported. A vaccination campaign has been completed in some areas and is continuing in others. WHO and M