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Biological Health Hazard – Fatal Meningococcal Meningitis Outbreak: Africa, West-Central Nigeria


Published Date: 2017-04-17 22:14:37
Subject: PRO/EDR> Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria (06): (NI) fatal, sg. A, B and C
Archive Number: 20170417.4976236

Date: Fri 14 Apr 2017
Source: Nigeria Today, a Leadership New report [edited]

A total of 33 people have died from the cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in Niger state out of 116 suspected cases recorded, an official disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Fri [14 Apr 2017].

The Executive Director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPCDA), Dr Yahaya Na’uzo, said that 9 persons died from the type [meningococcal serogroup] C meningitis while the remaining 24 died of the type [meningococcal serogroups] A and B since the outbreak of the disease.

He said that the disease is being contained in Magama, Agwara, Rijau, Kontagora local government areas. According to him, the suspected cases in Suleja and Paiko were persons on transit from Sokoto.

He explained that after the 1st fatality, the state embarked on sensitisation and awareness campaign to educate the people on preventive measures. “We now have fewer cases reported per day because communities have been sensitised to report to the nearest hospital as soon as they suspect any case of meningitis. People have been educated to quickly report to the nearest hospital once they experience symptoms such as fever, vomiting and stiffness of the neck. With this, more people have been coming and the situation has stabilised as no more high report of confirmed cases,” he said.

He said that vaccination would commence immediately [after] the state receives the type [serogroup] C meningitis vaccines from international communities. He advised people to desist from self-medication and report to hospital when they notice any sign of CSM.

Nau’zo also advised people to always leave windows and doors open to ensure ventilation in their homes. To avoid the spread of the disease, he urged people to wash their hands always. He said that health personnel have been deployed to rural areas to help contain the spread.

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[Niger State is located in West-Central Nigeria and the largest state in the country ( A map of Nigerian states can be found at: A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: – Mod.ML]

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Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria (03): fatal, more states, vaccine short, RFI 20170402.4942532
Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria (02): fatal, emergence sg C, WHO 20170325.4925882
Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria: (SO, ZA) fatal, new sg.susp., RFI 20170318.4909903
Meningitis, meningococcal – Togo: fatal, emergence of serogroup W 20170225.4863648

Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria: (Kebbi) fatal, sg C 20160221.4037676

Meningitis, meningococcal – Niger (05): serogroup C, fatal, vaccine shortage 20150802.3552463
Meningitis, meningococcal – Niger (04): serogroup C, fatal, WHO, update 20150724.3533998
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Meningitis, meningococcal – Niger (02): fatal, update 20150506.3344024
Meningitis, meningococcal – Niger: fatal, serogroups C, W 20150430.3332448
Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria (02): serogroup C, MSF, 2013-2014, follow-up 20150325.3252914
Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria: serogroup C, WHO 20150317.3236196

Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria: (YO), susp. 20110524.1581

Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria (03) 20090509.1731
Meningitis, bacterial – Africa (02): Nigeria, WHO meningitis region 20090313.1038
Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria (02): WHO 20090305.0916
Meningitis, meningococcal – Nigeria: WHO 20090220.0709

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