LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) – More than 200 people have died of meningitis in the past week alone in Niger and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.
There have been nearly 25,000 suspected cases and more than 1,500 deaths in the meningitis belt in the first 11 weeks of the year, W.H.O. reported. More than 85 percent of those cases happened in northern Nigeria and Niger.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Health has reported 17,462 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 960 deaths, the world health agency said. In the past week, it reported 4,164 suspected cases with 171 deaths.
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