Emergencies preparedness, response

Meningococcal disease in Chad

8 April 2004

As of 4 April 2004, WHO has received reports of 19 cases and 4 deaths in Iriba district which has an attack rate above the epidemic threshold. The Ministry of Health is implementing measures to control the outbreak and a vaccination campaign is being planned for the district.

Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A has been laboratory confirmed in 7 samples.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control will provide 200,000 doses of vaccine.

WHO, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF- Belgium), the Red Cross and UNICEF are supporting the Ministry of Health in responding to the outbreak.