Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2000 - Meningococcal meningitis in Central African Republic

16 February 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

On 1 February, WHO was informed of an increase in cases of meningococcal meningitis which occurred between October 1999 and January 2000. A total of 86 cases and 14 deaths were reported. The localities affected were: Vakaga – 25 cases, 2 deaths; Bamingui-Bangoran – 19 cases, 5 deaths; Haute Katto – 7 cases, 5 deaths; Ouham Pend – 35 cases, 2 deaths. Vaccination campaigns have been carried out in the affected areas, and the situation is being closely monitored by the WHO Regional Office for Africa.