Nigeria meningitis outbreak: 282 deaths confirmed in five states


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in five states with at least 282 deaths related to the disease.
The Chief Executive Officer of the centre, ChikweIhekweazu, who made this known to News men today in Abuja, said that 1,966 suspected cases have been recorded while 109 have been confirmed and being treated since the outbreak of the disease in February in the country.
He said that the centre had deployed a response team to the affected states to vaccinate the residents and control further spread of CSM.
According to him, Zamfara has the highest number of confirmed cases of 44, followed by Katsina with 32, Sokoto 19, Kebbi 10 and Niger 4 confirmed cases.
Mr. Ihekweazu regretted that there was not yet commercially available vaccine for this new stereotype “C” meningitis.

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