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Meningitis in India and Bangladesh
12 February 2009

At least 165 people have died of meningitis and over 2000 were taken ill with meningitis in north eastern India bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar over the past month.

The epidemic has taken place in the states of Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram, with Meghalaya reporting 140 death cases, said the report. The 3 north eastern states have borders with the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, where meningococcal meningitis is spreading in an epidemic
form, the report quoted the National Institute of Communicable Diseases as saying. Two doctors from New Delhi have been dispatched by the authorities to help doctors deal with the disease on a through vaccinations and treatment.

Source: ProMED  


The number of reported cases is probably an underestimation of the real number. The type of meningitis bacteria behind the outbreak is not known. Travellers to the north-eastern part of India bordering Bangladesh and people visiting rural areas of Bangladesh should be immunized against meningitis.