Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Meningococcal disease in Niger

13 March 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 9 March 2003, the Ministry of Health, Niger has reported a total of 2 056 cases, including 195 deaths in the country since the outbreak began in February 2003. Of the 42 districts in Niger, 3 districts have reached the epidemic threshold: Magaria, Aguié and Matameye, and 4 districts are in the alert phase: Madarounfa, Madaoua, Tahoua and Mirriah. Laboratory tests from samples in these districts confirm Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A.

A mass vaccination campaign is on-going with the support of Médecins sans Frontières. The International Federation of the Red Cross is providing 250 000 doses of vaccine.

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