Climate Drives the Meningitis Epidemics Onset in West Africa

  title={Climate Drives the Meningitis Epidemics Onset in West Africa},
  author={Benjamin Sultan and Karima Labadi and Jean-François Gu{\'e}gan and Serge Janicot},
  journal={PLoS Medicine},
  pages={127 - 12906}
BACKGROUND Every year West African countries within the Sahelo-Sudanian band are afflicted with major meningococcal meningitis (MCM) disease outbreaks, which affect up to 200,000 people, mainly young children, in one of the world's poorest regions. The timing of the epidemic year, which starts in February and ends in late May, and the spatial distribution of disease cases throughout the "Meningitis Belt" strongly indicate a close linkage between the life cycle of the causative agent of MCM and… CONTINUE READING