Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Meningococcal disease in Ethiopia- Update 3

14 June 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has received reports of a total of 6266 cases including 311 deaths (case-fatality rate of 5.0%) as of 31 May 2001 in ten out of the eleven regions in the country.  Since the previous report, more accurate figures have become available with the review  of the database of reported cases and deaths. Three regions, Amhara, Oromiya and Southern Nations Nationalities Region, still report newly affected districts. The current trend of the epidemic remains uncertain.

In collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, work in controlling the epidemic has been carried out by partners in the country, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and Médecins sans Frontières, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland.