Meningitis - Who is at risk?

People travelling to high-risk countries-particularly, some of the sub-Saharan African countries stretching from Senegal in the West to Ethiopia in the East (the meningitis belt) — may be at risk of meningococcal disease, especially in crowded situations and during the dry season.1  Pilgrims to Mecca are also at high risk which is why the Saudi Government requires all Pilgrims to be vaccinated against A,C,W135,Y strains.4  The risk of catching meningococcal disease while travelling is generally low,4 and children and young adults tend to be at higher risk of infection.3

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