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Columbia Study Shows Wind and Dust Conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa Can Help Predict a Meningitis Epidemic

Determining the role of climate in the spread of certain diseases can assist health officials in “forecasting” epidemics. New research on meningitis incidence in sub-Saharan Africa conducted by scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Earth Institute, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies pinpoints wind and dust conditions as predictors of the disease. The results may help in developing vaccination strategies for preventing meningitis outbreaks, such as the 1996-1997 epidemic that killed 25,000 people. Findings are published in Environmental Health Perspectives.