Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2001 - Meningooccal disease in Angola - Update 2

10 October 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 2 October, a total of  332 cases and 30 deaths has been reported to WHO from Angola.  The provinces primarily affected are: Benguela, Cunene, Luanda, Lunda Sul and Cuando Cubango. The epidemic reported in Balombo district in Benguela province earlier this year is now over, following a vaccination campaign.  Cases continue to be reported from Cunene province.  However, the latest information indicates the weekly number to be declining.  A joint investigation team of the Ministry of Health and WHO found that epidemiological surveillance and epidemic preparedness and response capacity needed to be strengthened in Angola, including improved access to emergency supplies.

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