Meningococcal Disease - Brazil

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:20pm -- mmcilwain
Monday, July 15, 2013

Meningococcal Disease - BRAZIL (02) (BAHIA), LETHAL HIGH. Bahia records 15th death caused by meningococcal meningitis. Of the 48 cases of meningococcal meningitis in Bahia registered by the State Department of Health (Sesab), the first 6 months of this year [2013], 31.25% resulted in deaths. The student RAB, 28, was the 15th victim of the disease, considered the most serious type of meningitis. Resident Pirajá, R. died on the 28th [June/2013] in Suburban Hospital. The number of deaths in the state, however, decreased by 16%. The same period in 2012, 18 people have died from this type of meningitis. In Salvador, this year [2013], 22 cases were computed, with 8 deaths versus 11 deaths in 2012. For the coordinator of the Technical Group (TG) Meningitis, Elisa Maria de Oliveira, the number of deaths is still considered high. "The mortality rate is high. People still slow to seek medical attention. She (the student) had symptoms on day 20 [June/2013]. Has only been to the hospital on the 26th [June/2013].'s A disease that requires care because it is contagious, "said Maria Elisa. The subcoordenadora Epidemiological Surveillance Municipality, Maria Fatima Santos, said that after the death of Roseane, 56 people were medicated (chemoprophylaxis). ProMEDmail. Published Date: 07/11/2013 20:42:40; Subject: PRO / PORT> Meningococcal disease - Brazil (02) (BA), high fatality; Archive Number: 20130711.1820523