The death toll from the cerebro spinal meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 1069.
A weekly update on the disease on the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, stated that 13,420 suspected cases and 1,069 deaths (eight percent) were reported across 23 states as at May 8.
Out of the reported cases, 897 were laboratory tested in which 448 samples were confirmed positive for bacterial meningitis and the serogroup C remains the predominant (293 cases) cause of meningitis among those who tested positive
The agency said that about 5,724 children majorly within the age group of 5-14 years were affected by the disease.
Currently, 48 local government areas (LGAs) in six states, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Yobe, have reached the alert/epidemic threshold.
The new epidemic meningitis strain c was reported in Zamfara November last year and has since spread to other parts of the country.
The federal government, in its bid to reduce the epidemic outbreak, introduced the meningitis vaccination for the strain C which was administered in Zamfara and Sokoto states.
The government still has a shortage of vaccines as other parts of the country remain to be vaccinated against the disease.
According to NCDC, the government is still working with global health partners to mobilise additional vaccines, procure laboratory and other supplies to assist with the ongoing response and technical teams are still supporting coordination and response activities in most affected states.
“First batch of medical team has been deployed to Zamfara and Sokoto states on Saturday, 6th May, 2017 and the team is supporting case management and surveillance activities in these most affected states.
“The second ICG request for Zamfara State has been approved; delivery of 694,065 polysaccharide vaccine doses expected,” it stated.
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