1996 - Cerebrospinal meningitis in Mozambique - Update
14 August 1996
Disease Outbreak Reported
A total of 157 cases with 9 deaths were reported during July in the outbreak which was declared in Cabo Delgado province in the Northern Region in early July. Most cases (105) were from the district of Balama. Cases have also been reported in the districts of Namuno (38) and Montepuez (12). Two cases have been reported in Pemba City. The risk of epidemic spread is considered particularly high in the district of Montepuez (population of 190 000) and the Provincial Capital (Pemba city and neighbouring districts). The Ministry of Health has provided drugs antibiotics and health eduction. However, additional penicillin, oily chloramphenicol and vaccine are still needed.