04 August, 2011
Cerebrospinal Meningitis Outbreak in Ghana Leaves 5 Dead
An outbreak of CSM, commonly known as cerebrospinal meningitis, in the New Nsuta community of Obuasi Municipality in Ghana, has killed 5 and infected 17 individuals. It has not yet been established how the disease broke out in the area. Fearful residents are urging local health officials to immediately immunize them, and the Ministry of Health is working to dispatch vaccines to the area, although the strain has yet to be identified. Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the brain and spinal membrane and can be caused by a variety of viruses and bacteria. The outbreak has reportedly taken a toll on businesses in the area, as patrons are pulling out. Last year’s meningitis outbreak in northern Ghana resulted in 54 cases and 27 deaths.