March 20, 1996 in Nation/World

Health Group Appeals For Meningitis Aid

Compiled From Wire Services

The World Health Organization is appealing for aid to try to stem a growing meningitis epidemic among children in western Africa.

Nigeria has been the worst-hit with 3,634 deaths in recent months. In Burkina Faso, 859 have died.

The U.N. agency says $600,000 is desperately needed to provide vaccines and antibiotics because of the thousands of people infected, 80 percent are under age 14.

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