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24 Feb 1989 description


UNDRO 89/0412
ETHIOPIA - MENINGITIS EPIDEMIC
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
24 FEBRUARY 1989

SITUATION

1. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) INFORMED UNDRO THAT OUTBREAK OF MENINGITIS WHICH ERUPTED LAST SEPTEMBER IN WESTERN ETHIOPIA HAS NOW SPREAD ACROSS COUNTRY. AS OF 23 FEBRUARY, OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT FIGURES SHOW 629 DEATHS AND 6,688 CASES. MORE THAN HALF OF CASES ARE CHILDREN. AS MANY PEOPLE LIVE FAR FROM MEDICAL CENTRES, ACTUAL SITUATION BELIEVED TO BE MORE SERIOUS AND FIGURES TO BE MUCH HIGHER. RECENT HEAVY RAINS HAVE NOT CURBED SPREADING.