Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Meningococcal disease in India - update 2

17 May 2005

As of 16th May 2005, 303 cases of meningococcal disease have been reported in Delhi with 26 deaths. The majority of cases and all deaths have occurred in young adult population between 16 -30 years of age. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has demonstrated the presence of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A in cerebrospinal fluid obtained from 18 cases. Most of the reported cases are from the walled city of Old Delhi and Shahdara.