Niger shuts schools and vaccinates children to fight meningitis outbreak

April 21, 2015 6:47 PM

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NIAMEY, April 21 (Reuters) - Niger has shut all schools in the region around the capital Niamey and launched a campaign to vaccinate children aged two to 15 in an effort to halt a meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 85 since January.

Schools will be closed from Wednesday until Monday next week, the government said, adding that 905 cases of the disease had been recorded, most of them in Niamey and the west of the country.

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