In a follow-up on the meningitis outbreak in Nigeria that began in Zamfara state in December 2016, as of Apr. 3, a total of 2,997 meningococcal meningitis cases with 336 deaths have been reported with 146 of cases being laboratory confirmed, according to The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The case fatality rate (CFR) is more than 11 percent.

Neisseria meningitidis serotype C (Nm C) has been found in 83 percent of samples tested and outbreaks are currently reported in five States (Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto) in Northwest and Northcentral zones of Nigeria with Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States accounting for about 93 percent of the cases reported.

500,000 doses of the AC-PS vaccine granted by the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision (ICG) for reactive vaccination in Zamfara has arrived Nigeria.

Reactive Vaccination has been re-scheduled for 5th – 9th April 2017 in Zamfara State, while Sokoto and Katsina’s ICG requests being considered.

Nigeria meningitis map/NCDC
Nigeria meningitis map/NCDC