The meningococcal meningitis numbers keep piling up in parts of Nigeria as officials now put the case count at 8,057 suspected cases and 745 deaths as of Monday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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

230 cases are laboratory confirmed.

Neisseria meningitidis serotype C. was the commonest cause of meningitis among all samples testing positive; 157 out of the 230 confirmed cases (68%) were due to Neisseria meningitidis serotype C.

However, in Yobe State no Neisseria meningitis C cases has been reported as other serotypes are being seen.

During the last four weeks, a total of 38 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across six states— Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, and Yobe—reached alert/epidemic threshold status.

LGAs reaching the alert threshold trigger intensified epidemic preparedness; a full outbreak response is activated in LGAs reaching the epidemic threshold.

Mass vaccination campaigns are planned in Sokoto during April 24 – 28, 2017. National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is coordinating the vaccination activities with NCDC and other partners.