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Mar 5, 2015

15:41:58 GMT--Biological Hazard - Africa - Nigeria



EDIS Number: BH-20150305-47210-NGA

Date / time: 05/03/2015 15:40:08 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Africa

Country: Nigeria

State/County: State of Kebbi

Location: [Jega, Argungu, Gwandu, Aliero and Zuru]

Number of Deads: 42 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A



Description:



At least 42 people have been reported dead in Kebbi due to cerebral spinal meningitis, the state's Ministry of Health has said. Director Disease Control of the state's Ministry of Health Aliyu Usman Bunza said the victims are from 5 local governments of the state namely Jega, Argungu, Gwandu, Aliero and Zuru. He added that 46 cases and 3 deaths were recorded at Jega, 6 cases and no death in Argungu, Gwandu had 36 cases and no death while Zuru had 5 deaths and 17 cases. Director of Immunisation and Disease Control Hussaini Sahabi says sleeping in over crowded and unventilated rooms are the reasons for the rapid outbreak of the disease in the state. Sahabi confirmed the state government's release of 20,000 vaccine doses to the affected areas inorder to address the issue. He added that the vaccination exercise would continue. "In Argungu, 1,290 doses of vaccines were vaccinated, Jega 3,350 doses, Gwandu 2,160 doses, while in Aliero 13,200 doses of vaccines (have been) used" he said. Fifty-eight people are currently receiving treatment for the disease.




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