In a follow-up on the meningococcal C outbreak in Fiji, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) is now reporting 22 confirmed and 16 suspected or probable cases as of Apr. 5.

 Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis diplococcal bacteria/CDC
Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis diplococcal bacteria/CDC

In addition, six fatalities have been reported including 4 confirmed.

There has been an average of 2.5 cases per week in the last 4 weeks.

All the cases to date are in the ≤ 19 age group with nearly 40 percent of the cases in children less than 5 years of age.

Health officials also reported a cluster of 6 cases from Navesau Adventist High School in Ra from February 28th to March 28th. No deaths reported.

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The outbreak was declared on Mar. 20.

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