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Meningitis outbreak kills 813 Nigerians as reported cases hit 8,000Naija247news | Naija247news
 

Meningitis outbreak kills 813 Nigerians as reported cases hit 8,000Naija247news | Naija247news

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ABUJA, April 26  - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country's health minister said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections. The government on Wednesday approved a house-to-house search in northern Nigeria to identify those afflicted with meningitis for vaccination and treatment, Isaac Adewole told reporters after a cabinet meeting under vice president Yemi Osinbajo. The West African nation in April launched a mass vaccination campaign as part of its emergency response to the outbreak in its northwestern states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said. The NCDC said the infection killed 33 people in 2016. More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in 2009, with basic healthcare limited in rural parts of the country, where most people live on less than $2 a day, despite the country's huge oil resources. Meningitis is the inflammation of tissue
 
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