Meningitis kills 749 in West, Central Africa   2012-04-20 15:44:36            

OUAGADOUGOU, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Meningitis has killed 749 people in West and Central Africa this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In a report released here on Friday, OCHA said Burkina Faso and Chad were the most affected countries in West and Central Africa. In Burkina Faso, OCHA recorded 3,630 cases since the beginning of the year, which is 40 percent of all cases reported in the region and, out of which, 400 people had died by April 1.

The organization's website, ochaonline, reported that most cases were found in the country's west bordering Mali, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

By April 1, Burkina Faso had seen eight districts in an epidemic situation and 11 others on alert level. The meningitis disease in Burkina Faso is attributed to NmW135 germ.

Chad had registered 2,136 cases as per April 1 and 102 deaths.

OCHA said, "In the 11 West and Central African countries which have been affected, the meningitis season had killed a total of 749 people out of the 8,667 cases that had been reported by April 1."

While Burkina Faso, Benin and Chad reported more cases in March, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and the Central African Republic saw the incidence decline, OCHA said.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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