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Meningococcal Meningitis in Ghana

22 Apr 2015

An outbreak of meningococcal meningitis is ongoing in the Upper West Region of Ghana. As of 5 April 2015, 205 cases with 23 deaths have been reported nationally. The causative micro-organisms in the outbreak have yet to be isolated; laboratory results are awaited.

Advice for Travellers

In Ghana, the meningococcal season generally runs from Dec-Jun. Immunisation is available for those considered to be at risk:

  • Travellers who are likely to have close, prolonged contact with the local population.
  • Long stay travellers.
  • Those visiting friends and relatives.
  • Those who will be exposed to crowded areas (e.g. stadia, schools, hospitals).
  • Travellers visiting an area affected by an ongoing outbreak or epidemic.