Emergencies preparedness, response

Meningococcal disease in Sudan

23 March 2005

As of the week of 14-20 March 2005, 27 suspected cases of meningococcal disease have been reported from Saraf Omra, Kabkabia locality, North Darfur State. Out of 20 specimens collected, 11 (55%) have been confirmed as Neisseria meningitidis W135 by either latex test or culture.

Based on these findings, the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan has requested 161,000 doses of trivalent vaccine from the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control for a mass vaccination campaign in the affected area. The vaccine is expected to arrive this week. The mass vaccination campaign will tareget the population at risk in the Saraf Omra administrative unit and surrounding villages and will be implemented by the Federal Ministry of Health with support from Médecins sans Frontières-Belgium and WHO.