Emergencies preparedness, response

Meningococcal disease in Uganda - update

10 February 2006

From 28 December 2005 to 3 February 2006, 301 suspected cases of meningococcal disease including 23 deaths have been reported from the districts of Nakapiripirit (258 cases, 19 deaths) and Moroto (43 cases, 4 deaths) in north-eastern Uganda. Laboratory tests have confirmed Neisseria meningitis A (see previous report).

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control has provided 250 000 doses of bivalent vaccine for a mass vaccination campaign, as well as 10 000 doses of oily chloramphenicol for case management. The immunization campaign has started in both districts. Reports of suspected cases in five neighboring districts are also being investigated.