Drug firms urged to help stem killer meningitis outbreak

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UN health agency WHO says there’s a high risk of the outbreak getting worse in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016. File Photo: WHO

A global shortage of vaccines against the killer meningitis disease could result in a large outbreak in Africa, the UN said Tuesday.

The warning comes amid a resurgence of meningitis C in Sub-Saharan Africa which has not been seen since the 1970s.

Niger and Nigeria are in the grip of the latest outbreak, with 12,000 cases and 800 deaths so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner agencies.

Daniel Johnson has the details.

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