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Nigeria's Meningitis Outbreak Kills 745 so far: Officials

A meningitis epidemic killed 1,100 people and infected more than 10,000 in Nigeria and neighboring Niger in 2015

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    Nigeria's Meningitis Outbreak Kills 745 so far: Officials
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    In this file photo taken Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, Felix Nwabueze, who was a quality control officer In the late 1970s at a laboratory in Nigeria where millions of smallpox vaccines were made, walk past the abandoned building in Lagos, Nigeria. International health officials are scrambling, without much success, to find meningitis C vaccines as an outbreak of the child-killing disease threatens to balloon into an epidemic.

    Health officials say Nigeria's meningitis outbreak has killed at least 745 people as of Monday.

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 8,057 suspected meningitis cases have been reported. Most have been located in the northern states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto since the disease surfaced in December.

    The federal government has kicked off a nationwide vaccination campaign for millions of people, though there is a worldwide shortage for the strain, which inflames the spinal cord and brain.

    Most of the victims have been children.

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    A meningitis epidemic killed 1,100 people and infected more than 10,000 in Nigeria and neighboring Niger in 2015. There are fears that this outbreak could again spread across the border.