Emergencies preparedness, response

Meningococcal disease in Sudan - update

6 April 2005

As of 25 March 2005, 71 suspected cases including 5 deaths (case fatality rate, 7.04%) have been reported from Sarf Omra, North Darfur state. Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 has been identified by either latex test or culture in 11 out of 20 specimens collected.

A mass vaccination campaign using trivalent vaccine provided by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control and targeting a population of 45,000 started on 2 April in the Sarf Omra administrative unit and surrounding villages. Médecins sans Frontières-Belgium and WHO have supported the Federal Ministry of Health in implementing the campaign.