Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Meningococcal disease in Ethiopia

18 December 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has received reports of  391 cases including 37 deaths from 10 September until 10 December 2001. The majority of these cases (307 including 16 deaths) have occurred in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).  Within the Sidama Zone, the woredas of Dale and Sheedino are the most severely affected.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has provided  250 000 doses of vaccine for a mass vaccination campaign in the affected areas, which will be carried out with the support of Médecins sans Frontières (Holland).