Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2001- Meningococcal disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo

10 October 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has received reports of a total of 283 cases with 27 deaths (case-fatality rate of 9.54%) in the Katana health zone, South-Kivu province.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is working with WHO and the Ministry of Health to control the outbreak and has carried out a selective vaccination campaign of school children and medical personnel in the affected areas.   WHO has provided 30,000 doses of vaccine and 1000 doses of oily chloramphenicol but additional vaccine is being sought to vaccinate a wider target population in the health zone. Other measures include community mobilization, health education and training of health care workers.

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