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Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) killed 52 persons in 21 states between last year and the 5th of March, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

The NCDC, in a situation report released on Monday, said as of March 5, a total of 628 suspected cases including 52 deaths (CFR 8.3%) were reported from 21 states in 2022/2023 CSM seasons, adding that the 20 states that reported suspected CSM cases in 2022/2023 were: Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.

The report said, “91% of all cumulative cases were from four (4) states – Jigawa (509 cases), Bauchi (23 cases), Zamfara (22 cases) and Oyo (14 cases).”

It said males were 62% of the cases while 38% were females .

“Ten LGAs across five states, Jigawa (7), Bauchi (1), Oyo (1), Plateau (1) and Zamfara (1), reported more than 5 cases each this CSM seasons 2022/2023,” the report added.

NCDC said the number of new suspected cases in epidemiological week nine decreased by 84% compared with epidemiological week nine, while adding that the national multi-sectoral Cerebrospinal Meningitis Technical Working Group (TWG ) continued to monitor response across states.

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