Emergencies preparedness, response

Meningococcal disease in Chad - update 2

28 January 2005

From 6 to 25 January, a total of 14 suspected cases of epidemic meningitis disease has been reported from Brejing, Trejing and Farchana refugee camps in northern Chad. Out of 12 specimens tested by latex, 5 cases were positive for Neisseria meningitidis W135 by latex, 2 for Hemophilus influenza B, 1 for Streptococcus pneumoniae and 4 were negative.

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control has provided 178,000 doses of trivalent vaccine for the vaccination of the refugee camps and surrounding villages (see previous report).. The mass immunization campaign, which began on 26 January 2005 and is expected to continue until 30 January 2005 is being carried out by the Ministry of Health with the support of WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, Médecins sans Frontières- Holland and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.