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Mystery disease is meningitis, say doctors

May 03, 2005 20:07 IST

Confirming three deaths due to the outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis in the national capital, the Delhi government said there was no 'epidemic-like' situation but directed that the patients be isolated.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit called a meeting of health ministry officials, representatives of the civic agencies as well as the medical superintendents of the 32 Delhi government hospitals, in which it was decided that separate wards will be
created for people suffering from the disease.

"There is no epidemic-like situation. We appeal to the people not to panic. But the disease is contagious, hence it was decided that the patients will be isolated and separate wards will be created for them," health minister Yoganand Shastri told reporters after the meeting.

Giving the break-up of the suspected cases of "Meningococcimia" reported, the minister said while 34 cases were reported in all so far, 17 were still in hospital, while three persons have died to the disease.

Of the 17 patients, six are in Lok Nayak Hospital, five in Apollo, three in Bara Hindu Rao, two in Kalavati Sharan and
one in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

Shastri said while clinical diagnosis of the cases has been done, samples have been sent to the National Institute of
Communicable Diseases for serological examination.

He said it was also discussed whether schools and college be shut down in view of the outbreak, but it was decided there was no need for that.

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Sub: Mystery disease is meningitis

Meningitis, polio, malaria, desyntry, cholera, typhoid.....if you can name it, India has it in abundance. It's a miracle that thousands more don't die from such ...

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Sub: Meningococcemia!

Meningococcemia( presence of a bacteria named Nisseria meningitidis) is not the same as meningitis(infection of the brain by this bacteria), though meningococcus is a common ...

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