Meningococcal meningitis continues to increase in the State with five other cases being detected at the region's premier institute, the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

Even as rising cases of meningococcal meningitis continue to haunt the State, malaria too has taken its toll mostly in border areas. The West Khasi Hills district of the State that detected one suspected case of meningitis so far is fighting the seasonal malaria, surfacing through the migrant population, stagnant waters in coal and charcoal deposits.

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At least two persons have died of suspected meningococcal meningitis in Meghalaya. Nine others are suspected to be suffering from the disease in West Khasi and Ri Bhoi districts.

A dangerous type of childhood meningitis has been virtually eliminated in Uganda in just five years after a vaccine was introduced, according to a study released this week.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has recorded ten new cases of Meningococcemia in the Capital, taking the total number of persons who have contracted the disease to 94 since January this year, officials said. Three cases have been reported from north Delhi zone, two from Shahdara south, one from Connaught Place and one each from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, MCD's Health department officials said. The disease has claimed 11 lives so far, out of which four were reported from the Capital, while seven were from the neighbouring states of UP and Haryana. However, MCD Health Officer N K Yadav said there was no need to panic and that the number of cases reported this year was lesser than the corresponding period last year. In 2007, 129 cases of meningococcemia were reported while in 2006, more than 200 such cases were reported. "

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has recorded yet another death in the Capital due to meningococcemia, taking to ten the toll since the beginning of this year. The total number of meningococcemia cases has gone up to 56. According to a senior official of the civic body, 31 of the cases are from Delhi and 25 from neighbouring States. The meningococcemia symptoms include fever, rashes on the body, severe headache, stiff neck and nausea.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has recorded five new cases of meningococcemia in the city taking the total number of cases so far to 53. Eight deaths due to meningococcemia have been recorded so far this year. "We have recorded 29 cases from Delhi and 13 from Haryana; the rest have come in from other neighbouring States. The symptoms of meningococcemia include fever, rashes on the body, severe headache, stiff neck and nausea,' said an MCD official.

The government of Uganda has confirmed the outbreak of the deadly meningitis bacterium in the country. On January 16, health officials said that 121 people are suffering from the disease in Arua and

Twenty-one African countries, often referred as the meningitis belt, will be hit by the worst epidemic of the disease by the end of this year's rainy season, said who at an emergency meeting of un