Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Recent Meningitis Epidemic

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 2,000 people have died since January from meningitis. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are currently working on their biggest vaccination campaign ever to solve this epidemic, vaccinating about 7 million people. The disease is a bacterial infection of the brain membrane, and if left untreated, it has a very high mortality rate. As the world focuses on solving the problem of HIV/AIDS and malaria, it's important to remember that there are other deadly diseases out there that need our attention.
Source: DoctorsWithoutBorders.org