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.