Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Meningococcal disease in Burkina Faso

07 March 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has received reports of 201 cases including 36 deaths from 4 February until 10 February in the country. The district of Diebougou, with a population of c. 86 000 has reached the epidemic threshold with 9 cases including 3 deaths reported in the same period.

A mass vaccination campaign has begun in the district and case management activities are being reinforced. The Burkina Faso Ministry of Health has a stock of 946 500 doses of vaccine and 24 889 doses of oily chloramphenicol to confront the epidemic.