Cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak hits Plateau State, 5 cases recorded

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The Plateau State government has announced the discovery of five suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis in Langtang South and Mikang local council areas.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunden Deyin Kamshak, told journalists in Jos yesterday that they “got calls from the local councils and deployed its team to the areas. So far, our findings confirmed suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis.”

The commissioner explained that a blood sample or cerebrospinal fluid of a suspected case must be diagnosed at a government approved medical laboratory.“It is the results from such a laboratory test that would confirm the case as being that of cerebrospinal meningitis,” he said.

Kamshak added that three of the suspected persons had commenced treatment, while the others were yet to be treated because their blood samples had just been taken to the laboratory for analysis.

The commissioner explained that the major symptoms of the disease are severe headaches, fever and neck stiffness.He advised people to avoid staying in overcrowded places and sleep only in well-ventilated rooms.

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