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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has said that Cerebrospinal Meningitis killed 23 persons in one week between March 27 and April 2, 2023.

The Informant247 gathered according to the epidemiological report from the agency, that the deaths were reported from two states, which are: Jigawa (6), Yobe (17), adding that between October 2022 and April 2, 235 confirmed cases have been reported with 118 deaths from 22 states and 79 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The NCDC report stated: “The national multi-sectoral Cerebrospinal Meningitis Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to monitor response across states.

“As of April 2,2023, a total of 1,479 suspected cases including 118 deaths (Case Fatality Ratio, CFR 9.3 per cent) were reported from 22 states in 2022/2023 Cerebrospinal Meningitis seasons.

“Age group 5-14 years was the most affected age group, males were 57 per cent, females were 43 per cent.

“93 per cent of all cumulative cases were from five (5) states: Jigawa (1064 cases), Yobe (234 cases), Zamfara (36 cases), Bauchi (23 cases) and Adamawa (21 cases).”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Meningitis is a serious infection of the meninges, the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can affect anyone of any age, but mainly affects babies, preschool children and young people.

Symptoms may develop over several hours or over a few days. They may include: sudden high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, nausea or vomiting, confusion or trouble concentrating, seizures, sleepiness or trouble waking, sensitivity to light, no appetite or thirst, and skin rash in some cases, such as in meningococcal meningitis.

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