Meningitis kills 118 people in 21 Nigerian states

Between 2022 and April 2, 2023, Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) has claimed the lives of 118 individuals in 21 states, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC report disclosed that in 2022/2023, 22 states reported suspected cases of CSM, including Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara.

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Jigawa had the highest number of cases (1,064), followed by Yobe (234), Zamfara (36), Bauchi (23), and Adamawa (21).

According to the report, 14 local government areas across Jigawa (8), Yobe (4), Bauchi (1), and Zamfara (1) reported more than 10 cases of CSM each during the 2022/2023 CSM seasons.

Males accounted for 57% of the cases, while females accounted for 43%. Jigawa State has been in an outbreak since week 40 of 2022, with 11 out of its 22 local government areas affected.

The NCDC stated that it is assisting Yobe State in gathering sufficient surveillance, laboratory data, and evidence to request vaccines for a suspected outbreak.

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