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Bacterial Meningitis Linked to Sand Storms in Sahel

There’s new evidence linking hot desert sandstorms in Africa to bacterial meningitis in the Sahel, an area that stretches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east.  Known as the “meningitis belt,” researchers have homed in on why the region has its name. Sandstorms are a fact of life in West Africa's Sahel region. New research suggests that exposure to all that airborne dust, along with the already high temperatures contribute to the high number of bacterial meningitis...

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