Meningococcal Meningitis in Togo
24 Feb 2017
On 23 February 2017, WHO reported there had been 201 suspected cases of meningitis, with 17 deaths, since 1 January 2017. In 2016, the country recorded an epidemic in the northern part caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W. A total of 1975 cases and 127 deaths were reported in 2016.
Advice for Travellers
Respiratory infections are often difficult to prevent but following basic personal hygiene etiquette when coughing and sneezing can help. Avoiding overcrowded areas such as busy markets and local transport may also reduce risk of exposure but may not always be practical. Further advice is available here.