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Hitting Early, Epidemic Meningitis Ravages Nigeria and Niger

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Science  03 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5923, pp. 20-21
DOI: 10.1126/science.324.5923.20

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Nigeria and Niger are reeling from one of the worst meningococcal meningitis epidemics in years. Already, the epidemic has sickened at least 25,000 people, more than 17,000 in Nigeria alone, and killed 1500.