An outbreak of Meningitis has hit a secondary school in Zambia’s northwestern district of Kabompo, killing three pupils and causing panic among students, health authorities said on Wednesday.

WHO Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde told a press briefing in the capital Lusaka that the disease killed three students at Kabompo Secondary School, while four others were receiving treatment at a local hospital and 55 students had been screened so far.

On Monday, students at the school rioted and destroyed school properties following the deaths of their schoolmates.

The school has now been closed and all the students have been told to go to nearby health centers for screening, Kasonde said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to work with the government to combat the outbreak.
WHO Representative in Zambia Jacob Mufunda said during the same press briefing that the organization will support the Zambian government financially to counter the disease.

Meningitis is an acute bacteria disease characterized by sudden onset of fever, intense headache, nausea and often vomiting and stiff neck. Enditem

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