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Seasonality of Meningitis in Africa and Climate Forcing: Aerosols Stand Out

The determinants of the disease dynamics of bacterial meningitis in the African meningitis belt are still poorly understood; nevertheless, it is often advocated that climate and mineral dust have a large impact. Several studies have investigated this relationship on a large scale. In this analysis, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the authors scaled down to the district-level weekly scale, and used wavelet and phase analysis methods to define and compare the time-varying periodicities of meningitis, climate, and dust in Niger. The results reinforce the authors’ confidence in dust forcing on meningitis seasonality. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author: Agier L, Deroubaix A, Martiny N, Yaka P, Djibo A, Broutin H

Published: 2013

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Citation: Agier L, Deroubaix A, Martiny N, Yaka P, Djibo A, Broutin H. Seasonality of Meningitis in Africa and Climate Forcing: Aerosols Stand Out. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 2013;10(79).

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Meningococcus

Topics: Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa