In a follow-up on the meningitis outbreak in Nigeria which started in December 2016, the Nigerian CDC reports 9,646 suspected cases, of which 277 (2.9%) were laboratory confirmed. Nearly 9 percent, or 839 deaths were recorded as of Apr. 22.

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In the last four weeks, 43 Local Government Areas (LGAs) have reached alert/epidemic threshold in seven States — Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Yobe and Plateau.

Neisseria meningitidis serotype C. was the common cause of meningitis amongst those who tested positive. Nearly half the cases were in children ages 5-14.

Planned reactive vaccination campaign in Sokoto State by National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) will now commence on Apr. 27.

Additional commodities for laboratory diagnosis and treatment have been provided for the most affected States.

The Government of Nigeria has concluded plans to deploy 62 medical teams – 28 and 34 to Zamfara and Sokoto States, respectively. Each team shall comprise of a Medical Doctor, a Nurse, Laboratory Scientist and supported by Data Officers per LGA.

The Government of Nigeria continues to actively work with Global Health partners to facilitate increased vaccines, laboratory and other supplies procurement to assist with the ongoing response.