- More than 1000 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria
- A total of 13,420 suspected cases has been reported in 23 states with 1,069 deaths
- Meningitis outbreak has mostly affected children in Nigeria
At least 1,069 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday, May 11.
It however added that the spread of the disease is slowing.
In a statement made available to newsmen, CDC said that a total of 13,420 suspected cases had been reported in 23 states with 1,069 deaths, Leadership reports.
According to CDC, the northern states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and Kebbi, which were the worst affected, have all seen a drop in the number of cases.
It said two others which were also badly hit, Kebbi and Niger, recorded no deaths.
Recall that a new strain of meningitis C was first reported in Zamfara last November and spread to 22 other states in northern Nigeria. A mass vaccination programme was started to limit its spread.
The CDC said a new batch of vaccines was expected to arrive in the next few days.
NAIJ.com had reported earlier that the death toll from the meningitis outbreak in Nigeria reached 745.
This is contained in an update released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday April 19.
Meningitis outbreak has mostly affected children in Nigeria.
The disease is caused by different types of bacteria, six of which can cause epidemics. It is transmitted between people through coughs and sneezes, close contact and cramped living conditions.
The illness causes acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord, with the most common symptoms being fever, headache and neck stiffness.
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