The Tshopo Provincial Health Division, in north central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak following reports of 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths due to Neisseria Meningitidis – one of the most frequent types of bacterial meningitis with the potential to cause large epidemics.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. said, “Meningitis is a serious infection and a major public health challenge. We are moving fast, delivering medicines and deploying experts to support the government’s efforts to bring the outbreak under control in the shortest possible time”.
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