Pneumococcal Meningitis Outbreak Kills 5 More, Over 60 Hospitalized

Pneumococcal Meningitis Outbreak Kills 5 More, Over 60 Hospitalized

The deadly outbreak of  Pneumococcal meningitis has claimed five more lives in the Brong Ahafo Region bringing the total amount of deaths to 27, health officials say.

The epidermic which is feared to be spreading more than expected has further seen over 60 others seriously hospitalized following massive infections as health experts fear the recent strains remains most contagious and deadly than Cerebrospinal Meningitis.

Speaking on CitifM about the outbreak, Head of the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie assured that every possible measure is being put in place to control the spread.

The outbreak which started last year in the Tain District has also spread to Wenchi, Techiman, Bruohan, Kintampo, and Sene districts in the same regionPneumococcal 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.

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