Meningitis has killed 15 persons of 51 suspected cases were recorded in 10 local government areas of the state said the Jigawa State Government.
A suspected outbreak of Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) was first reported as ravaging Majiya town in Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State. Investigations revealed that many of the reported victims started with complains of fever and numbness in their legs.
The Commissioner for Health, Abba Zakari, yesterday confirmed the outbreak in Dutse. Zakari said that 51 suspected cases of CSM had so far been reported to the ministry since November 2017.
The Commissioner pointed out that the state was within the meningitis belt of the African region, where meningitis epidemic is being recorded between every five and ten years ; however, he said Ministry had started awareness drive on Meningitis in the state.