Nigeria : Meningitis kills 38 in Jigawa
Thirty-eight people have been confirmed dead by the Jigawa State Ministry of Health in an outbreak of cerebellum spinal meningitis in the state.
The state Commissioner of Health, through the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Salisu Muazu, said the disease has been recorded in seven local government areas of the state that share a border with the Niger Republic.
He listed the affected LGAs as Babura, Maigatari, Suletankarkar and Birniwa, Gumel, Gwiwa, and Yankwashi.
Muazu confirmed the deaths while fielding questions from newsmen on Wednesday in his office in Dutse, the state capital.
He revealed that the type of CSM reported from the affected communities was strange.
Dr. Muazu explained that a total of 398 suspected cases have been recorded across some towns and villages in the affected local government areas.
He said, The outbreak was recorded in the seven local government areas neighboring Niger republic where the outbreak started and later transmitted to other villages and towns of those local government areas bordering the Niger Republic.
Credit: Punch News Nigeria