Cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) killed 52 people in 21 states between last year and March 5, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said.
In a situation report released yesterday, the NCDC said as of March 5, a total of 628 suspected cases, including 52 deaths (CFR 8.3%), were reported from 21 states in the 2022–2023 CSM seasons.
It said the 20 states that reported suspected CSM cases in 2022/2023 were: Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi,
Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara.
The report said that “91% of all cumulative cases were from four (4) states: Jigawa (509 cases), Bauchi (23 cases), Zamfara (22 cases), and Oyo (14 cases).”
It said males accounted for 62% of the cases, while 38% were female.
“Ten LGAs across five states, Jigawa (7), Bauchi (1), Oyo (1), Plateau (1), and Zamfara (1), reported more than 5 cases each this CSM season 2022-2023,” the report added.
NCDC said the number of new suspected cases in epidemiological week nine decreased by 84% compared with epidemiological week nine.
It said the national multi-sectoral Cerebrospinal Meningitis Technical Working Group (TWG) continued to monitor responses across states.