September 2021: DRC declares meningitis outbreak

The Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of meningitis in the northeastern Tshopo province, which has reported 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths—a high case fatality rate of 50%. In 2016, the province ran a mass vaccination campaign for meningitis (vaccinating more than 1.6 million people ages 1-29), but the effort targeted meningitis A rather than serogroup W, which is behind the present outbreak. A reactive campaign is being planned using a vaccine containing meningococcal W antigen. WHO DRC; Devex

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