Burkina Faso suffers lack of meningitis vaccine
Queuing for meningitis vaccines
in Burkina Faso
The situation is caused in part by an uncommon and hard-to-fight strain of the Neisseria meningitidis bacterium known as W135. Although some supplies of a new vaccine effective against this strain reached the country last week, they are not nearly enough, says William Perea of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Public health officials will be forced to ration the limited supply in a way that saves as many lives as possible, and WHO officials are now trying to figure out how best to distribute the available doses of vaccine.
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Reference: Science 299, 1499 (2003)
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WHO: vaccine provision for epidemic meningitis control
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