WHO: Meningitis outbreak kills 120 in DR Congo

9 September, 2021

News release from WHO Africa Regional Office. Read online: https://www.afro.who.int/news/democratic-republic-congo-declares-meningi...

Democratic Republic of the Congo declares meningitis outbreak in north-eastern province

08 September 2021

Kinshasa – The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an outbreak of meningitis in the north-eastern Tshopo Province where 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths—a high case fatality ratio of 50%—have been reported.

Confirmatory tests carried out by the Institut Pasteur in Paris detected Neisseria meningitidis – one of the most frequent types of bacterial meningitis with the potential to cause large epidemics...

Although people of all ages can catch the disease, it mainly affects babies, children and young people.

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BBC news reports: 'The outbreak has been difficult to contain because of the community's beliefs that it is linked to witchcraft, the World Health Organization (WHO) has told the BBC.' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-47639452

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org