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Launch of the new meningitis vaccine for Africa: MenAfriVac

On 6 December Burkina Faso became the first country to begin a nationwide campaign to introduce a new meningitis vaccine that promises to rid the entire region of the primary cause of epidemic meningitis. The first vaccine designed specifically for Africa, MenAfriVac is expected to help health workers eliminate meningococcal A epidemics in the 25 countries of the meningitis belt, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east. More than 12 million people in Burkina Faso are to receive the vaccine before the end of the year. For further information:

New GAR publications: Global health security, meningitis and smallpox

The WHO Department of Global Alert and Response has released the following publications on global health security, meningitis and smallpox:

Environmental health criteria for principles and methods for the risk assessment of chemicals in food

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO have completed the revision of Environmental health criteria for principles and methods for the risk assessment of chemicals in food, available on the web. Each chapter corresponds to a step of the risk assessment process (e.g. chapter 6, dietary exposure assessment) and can be downloaded separately.

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