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Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013

Guinea meningitis outbreak kills 40

Health officials have reported that at least 40 people have died as a result of a meningitis outbreak in the West African country of Guinea, multiple media outlets report.

According to the report, a physician in the eastern city of Siguiri, said Tuesday it is feared that far more people are dying in remote villages and are not included in that toll.

Siguiri, near the country’s border with Mali, has been the hardest-hit community, and Lansine said it was believed that hundreds may have died since January.

A total of 379 cases have been detected this year in 19 of the West African nation’s 33 regions, including the capital Conakry, reports Relief Web.

Guinea, being one of the 25 nations in the African “Meningitis Belt”, faces outbreaks of the deadly bacterial disease every year; however, experts say this year is deadlier than usual.

According to the global health non-profit organization, PATH, about 450 million people are at risk of the deadly disease. Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Ethiopia are considered hyperendemic, meaning populations in these countries are at the highest risk of developing meningitis.

This region is not only prone to meningitis, but also very prone to epidemics with other infectious diseases such as malaria.

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The African Meningitis Belt is seen here in red. Photo/Leevanjackson visa Wikimedia Commons

The African Meningitis Belt is seen here in red. Photo/Leevanjackson visa Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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