Meningitis kills 52 in 21 states in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC)has stated that 52 persons have been killed in 21 states by Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM).

The NCDC disclosed that as at March 5, a total of 628 suspected cases including 52 deaths (CFR 8.3%) were reported from 21 states in 2022/2023 CSM seasons.

Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara were the 20 states that reported suspected CSM cases in 2022/2023.

The report also stated that “91% of all cumulative cases were from four (4) states – Jigawa (509 cases), Bauchi (23 cases), Zamfara (22 cases) and Oyo (14 cases).”

Also, 62% of the cases are male patients while 38% are females. It was also revealed that “ten LGAs across five states, Jigawa (7), Bauchi (1), Oyo (1), Plateau (1) and Zamfara (1), reported more than 5 cases each this CSM seasons 2022/2023.”

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