An outbreak of Pneumococcal meningitis has killed eight people with thirty others seriously hospitalized in the Brong Ahafo region, health officials have reported.
District health director for Tain in the Brong Ahafo Region, Dr. Michael Adjei has revealed that although the situation is under control, the least clinical neglect could cause it to spread.
He further revealed that the outbreak started around December 24 and urged infected residents to report quickly to the nearest hospital for treatment. Meanwhile health experts in the area reveal the latest strain of the outbreak is much contagious than Cerebrospinal Meningitis.
Pneumococcal meningitis is caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. In some cases, they cause other illnesses such as: bacteremia (a blood infection), ear infections, pneumonia and sinus infections.