The meningococcal meningitis C outbreak in Nigeria that began in mid-December 2016 in Zamfara State has been declared over, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Friday.

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The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) responding to the epidemic has stepped down as the outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks.

In fact, in the last four weeks, no Local Government Area has reached outbreak alert threshold.

As of June 16, a total of 14,518 suspected cases of meningitis were reported from 25 states, with 1,166 deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 8 percent.

Eight out of 10 confirmed cases were identified as Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C.

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Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC said “While NCDC has stepped down the Emergency response, the work never stops – we will continue to work 24/7 to ensure the protection of all Nigerians against infectious disease threats.”