Office of International Studies

March 2007

Meningococcal Disease and International Travel - March 20
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported cases of meningococcal disease in several African countries within or near the meningitis belt: Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. Specimens tested have been positive for N. meningitidis serogroup A. Ministries of Health in affected countries have initiated vaccination campaigns with assistance from WHO and other international partners. Detailed
outbreak reports can be found on the WHO website.