Sub-Saharan meningitis epidemics could be signaled by weather forecasts

A weather-based surveillance system that could offer advanced warning of outbreaks of meningitis is being piloted across sub-Saharan Africa. Hot and dusty conditions raise the risk of bacterial meningitis. 
 
A pilot study is underway that could offer advanced warning of when and where meningitis outbreaks or even epidemics may occur by harnessing state-of-the-art weather forecasts to predict where conditions that fuel meningitis cases are likely to develop. This offers another tool in combatting epidemic meningitis.
 

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