UPDATE 1-Niger shuts schools and vaccinates children to fight meningitis outbreak

April 21, 2015 9:59 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 2 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 in a statement, 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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