Yobe: Meningitis Outbreak Kills 20 Students


IA meningitis outbreak has killed about 20 students in Yobe State, northern Nigeria, reports revealed on Wednesday, February 28.

The death toll which remains provisional was announced by the Yobe State Education commissioner, just as he added that the outbreak was recorded in some secondary schools in the state.

Over a hundred cases have allegedly been reported with three patients said to be still in an intensive care unit responding to treatment.

Meningitis is an infection which causes an acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord. It can be life-threatening unless diagnosed and treated early.

Transmission is through direct person-to-person contact, including droplets from the nose and throat of infected people.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shared Wednesday February 28, on its X account (formerly twitter) a meningitis vigilance map.

Indeed, weather conditions can favour prevalence of meningitis.

Most of cases in the country are reported across states in the northern region.

The WHO disclosed that Nigeria reported 124 deaths from meningitis between October 1, 2022 and April 16, 2023.

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