Meningitis cases soar in Nigeria

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An outbreak of meningitis epidemic has killed 324 people, mostly children, across several states in Nigeria since mid-December, according to the country's ministry of health.

More than 2,500 people were infected with cerebrospinal meningitis in 16 of 36 states across Africa's most populous nation of about 180 million people, Boade Akinola, a health ministry spokeswoman, said on Saturday.

Most of the dead are children aged five to 14. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who is in charge of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, said that efforts to curb the meningitis C outbreak are hampered by a worldwide shortage of vaccine.

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