Meningitis kills 129 people in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo


Kinshasa-The outbreak of meningitis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern Chopo province has killed 129 of the 267 people infected since the first case was discovered in June, the health minister said late Tuesday.

According to the World Health Organization, tests conducted by the Pasteur Institute in Paris detected meningococcus, one of the most common types of bacteria. This can cause a large epidemic.

A study conducted in early June near Panga, about 270 kilometers (167 miles) north of Xangani, found that patients suffered from fever, headaches, stiff shoulders, and difficulty speaking, health minister Jean said. Jack Mubungani said.

Meningitis is transmitted by kissing, sneezing, coughing, or living in close proximity to an infected person. People of all ages can get the disease, but it mainly affects infants, children and adolescents.

Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Director of Africa, said:

Chopo is located in the African meningitis zone that crosses the continent from Senegal to Ethiopia.

According to the WHO, Congo has experienced several outbreaks in the past, including 214 infected and 15 dead in 2009.

In addition to suffering from years of armed conflict, transplantation and lack of funding, Congo’s squeaky health system has had four Ebola outbreaks, endemic cholera and measles, bubonic plague, and more in the last four years. I have fought against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stanis Bujakera