Meningitis Kills close to 500 people in Nigeria
The country’s Centre for Disease Control reported on the 3rd of April that meningitis has killed over 300 people. The current death toll stands at about 490 people. The outbreak of a new strain of cerebrospinal Meningitis called “stereotype C” has spread over 15 states in Nigeria, predominantly the northern region.
The ministry of health in Nigeria has acquired over 1.3 million vaccines from the WHO and the British government. The outbreak began in February and Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest incidence of meningitis in the Africa.
Nigerians have been advised to keep their buildings ventilated and avoid overcrowded conditions because meningitis is usually associated with overcrowding and poor living conditions. According to the WHO, 5-10% of people die from meningitis even when they receive adequate treatment early.
Symptoms of meningitis are high fever, stiff neck, confusion, headaches, vomiting and photosensitivity.