The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says has said that 15 states of Nigeria had been affected by meningitis.
In a statement released in Abuja, to commemorate the 2019 World Meningitis Day, NCDC stated that the condition affected about 2.8 million people yearly across the globe, and that it remained a major public health challenge affecting countries in African.
The agency called on all stakeholders, policy makers, leaders, communities and individuals to join in raising awareness on the disease in the country.
It says the condition occurs through the year in the nation with an observed increase during the dry season.
Noting that the disease is highly contagious and could kill within 24 hours, consequently, it stressed, recognising the symptoms early and acting fast is crucial.
NCDC also said that 58 people have died of the disease in the 2018/2019 season.
The NCDC explained that meningitis could affect anyone, stressing that infants, young children, adolescents and older people are at greatest risk, with major risk factors being overcrowding and poor ventilation.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes, known as meninges, that protect the brain and spinal cord from infection and direct physical injury. The infection of the meninges by microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses results in the condition known as Meningitis, a very serious infection that can lead to death if left untreated.
“Symptoms of Meningitis include sudden high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light (photophobia), difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, and convulsions. It is transmitted through tiny droplets of respiratory secretions from an infected person through coughing, sneezing, touching contaminated surfaces,” it said.