WHO calls for action as Europe coronavirus cases rise

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an outbreak of meningitis. Approximately 261 cases have been reported in the Tshopo Province where there have also been 129 deaths. An initial emergency team has now been dispatched to the region and will be supported by the WHO. 

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, insisted meningitis is a serious infection. 

She added: “Meningitis is a serious infection and a major public health challenge.

“We are moving fast, delivering medicines and deploying experts to support the government’s efforts to bring the outbreak under control in the shortest possible time.”

Benalia is the centre of the outbreak in the Congo. 

More than 100 patients are receiving treatment in the community. 

Dr Amédée Prosper Djiguimdé, WHO Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said: “We are scaling up control measures within the community and rapidly investigating suspected cases in surrounding localities to treat patients and curb potentially widespread infections.”

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