Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Meningococcal disease in Burkina Faso

26 March 2004

The Ministry of Health has reported a total of 2 783 cases and 527 deaths from 1 January 2004 - 21 March 2004. Four districts, Diébougou, Naonoro, Gaoua and Zabré, have attack rates above the epidemic threshold and another four districts, Koudougou, Po, Sebba and Seguenega, are in the alert phase. (For more information about the epidemic threshold principle, see the article in the Weekly Epidemiological Record .)

Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A and W135 have been laboratory confirmed, the latter in Naonoro district.

Following a request from the Ministry of Health, the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Controlhas provided 130, 000 doses of trivalent (ACW135) vaccine. An immunization campaign is planned for Naonoro district.

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