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Meningitis outbreak kills more than 300 people

Latest update : 2009-03-05

At least 333 Nigerians have died from an outbreak of meningitis, the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord, over the last three months.

Reuters  - An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 333 people in the last three months, the health minister said on Wednesday.

"As of today, we have recorded 5,323 cases with 333 deaths in 22 states," minister Babatunde Osotimehin said in a statement.

The first case of meningitis was reported to the health ministry in December 2008, he said. The oil-producing nation has
a population of about 146 million people in 36 states.

Meningitis is the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord, and can be caused by viral or bacterial
infections.

Date created : 2009-03-05