About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Meningitis Outbreak Claims 109 Lives In Brazilian State

by VR Sreeraman on December 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM
Font : A-A+

 Meningitis Outbreak Claims 109 Lives In Brazilian State

A meningitis epidemic which was reported in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia has claimed about 109 lives so far, since the start of the year.

And Brazil's superstar singer Ivete Sangalo revealed that she had contracted viral meningitis, a mild form of the disease, press reports said.


The 39-year-old, best-selling singer, who hails from Bahia, reportedly left hospital after undergoing treatment.

But authorities said 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebro-spinal meningitis, have died since January.

The mortality rate for cerebro-spinal meningitis, characterized by an inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord, is around eight to 10 percent of cases.

A total of 1,670 people have been hit by bacterial meningitis, the most serious form of the disease, officials said.

In the tourist resort of Costa do Sauipe, dozens of tourists have canceled their bookings as a result of the epidemic, hotel staff told the media.

Source: AFP

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Meningitis Outbreak Claims 109 Lives In Brazilian State Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests