Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2002 - Meningococcal disease in Ethiopia - Update 2

08 March 2002

\nDisease Outbreak Reported

As of 3 March, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health has reported a total of 2 329 cases of meningococcal disease including 118 deaths in the country since the onset of the outbreak in September 2001. The worst affected region is the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) with 2 022 cases including 89 deaths. (see previous report)

The Task Force on Epidemic Meningococcal Disease, set up by the Ministry of Health is working to coordinate control activities including surveillance, case management, vaccination campaigns and logistics.

The Ministry of Health, on behalf of the Task Force, has launched an urgent appeal for US$ 2.5 million to carry out a mass immunization campaign in 5 priority zones in SNNPR.

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