Risk factors for meningococcal meningitis in northern Ghana.

  title={Risk factors for meningococcal meningitis in northern Ghana.},
  author={Abraham V O Hodgson and Torben Smith and S Gagneux and Martin A Adjuik and Gerd Pluschke and Nathan Mensah and Fred Newton Binka and Blaise Genton},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  volume={95 5},
Meningococcal meningitis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the meningitis belt of sub-Saharan Africa where it occurs in epidemics every 8-12 years. Risk factors for the disease in this setting remain largely unknown. We carried out a case-control study to investigate possible risk factors among survivors of a meningitis epidemic occurring in 1997 in northern Ghana. A structured questionnaire on socio-economic factors, housing and household overcrowding, smoking and exposure to… CONTINUE READING


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