May 30, 2009 Volume 373 Number 9678 Pages 1819 – 1918
West African meningitis outbreak strains vaccine supplies
This year’s meningitis outbreak in west Africa, which UNICEF has called the worst in more than 5 years, has severely depleted limited global vaccine supplies. Wairagala Wakabi reports. With the meningitis outbreak this year having killed more than 2500 people in Africa’s so-called meningitis belt, shortage of vaccines has been blamed for the high case fatality rate (CFR) seen in some countries.