The Sudan lies on the eastern part of the Meningitis
Belt. The first meningitis epidemics in the Sudan were described at the
end of the last century1. In 1950/1951, the country experienced the
worst epidemic with more than 50000 reported cases. The 1988 and 1989 epidemics
are responsible for 38805 cases and 2770 deaths. In 1988 only, 32016 cases were
1K. David Patterson. Gerald W. Hartwig.
Cerebrospinal Meninngitis in West Africa and Sudan in the Twentieth Century;
African Studies Association. Crossroads Press; University of California. L.A.
Epidemics usually start in February, reach a peak in May and end
at the onset of the rainy