An article published in the medical journal Lancet Neurology revealed that, although significant progress had been made in controlling the disease worldwide, the “meningitis belt” countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Mali and Burkina Faso, which had been ravaged repeatedly by epidemics of the disease, were lagging behind.
Last year, some 18,000 cases were reported in Nigeria and Niger. This contagious disease, which can cause brain damage, blindness and deafness, can be controlled by vaccination.
MenAfriVac vaccine was introduced on the market in 2010 in several African countries. Since then, more than 300 million people, aged 1 to 29, have been vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis A, the cause of most epidemics. This has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of cases. Globally, meningitis and neonatal sepsis are among the most deadly infections for children under five years of age. Their combined effect claims more victims than malaria, AIDS, measles and tetanus combined. Only vaccination can protect the most vulnerable populations. It is therefore necessary to ensure that these people are immunized from childhood and remain so into adulthood.
Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the envelopes that surround the brain and marrow. When they are of bacterial origin, some meningitis can be fatal within a few hours. In order to ensure rapid treatment, our infectious disease specialists at Saint Joseph’s Private Hospital recommend that antibiotics be administered intravenously as a matter of urgency and, if this is not possible, injected intramuscularly. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency. Any undue delay in antibiotic therapy can have serious or even fatal consequences.
Evadeo Pro, a partner of Saint Joseph’s Private Hospital, can provide fast and effective emergency hospitalization to treat this disease. Not to mention that Evadeo pro also offers medical stays to get medical treatment in France, or to carry out a complete health check-up, during a medical evacuation, or simply during a tourist visit to Paris. Get in touch with our Evadeô Pro experts who will be able to offer you the most appropriate treatment path for your pathology.
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