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close this bookCerebrospinal Meningitis Epidemics and Surveillance Systems in the Sudan, Ethiopia and Chad (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, 1990, 40 p.)
close this folderII. COUNTRY REPORTS
close this folderB. People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
View the document1. Background
Open this folder and view contents2. Referral and Surveillance Systems
View the document3. Meningitis Epidemic Control Plan
View the document4. 1987-1988 Meningococcal Meningitis Epidemic in Addis Ababa
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View the document6. Data Collected

1. Background

The western part of Ethiopia lies in the Lapeysonnie meningitis belt. It has experienced several epidemics. The worst one occurred in 1981 with 38700 cases and 990 deaths. Traditionally, Gondar, Gojjam, Wollo, Wollega, Shoa and Eritrea are the high risk regions. The 1988 epidemic started in Addis Ababa with over 7000 reported cases to the MOH. The 1989 epidemic was unusual since it struck regions located out of the meningitis belt. Moreover, besides this change in the limits of the belt, the epidemic started earlier in November.