High Mortality

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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