Brazil, meningitis breakout in Bahia

Posted on September 13, 2011 • Filed under: Latin America, Tourist Warning reported that Brazilian authorities confirmed today that a meningitis outbreak killed three people and led to the hospitalization of another four in the popular resort of Costa do Sauipe, on the coast of the northeastern state of Bahia. According to the Ministry of Health of Bahia, the first cases were detected last week and officials from the affected hotels in Costa do Sauipe, that between Wednesday and last Saturday was the scene of a party that attracted hundreds of tourists to ” resorts “in the region every year receive and Brazil Tennis Open.
Spokesmen for the Epidemiological Surveillance Department said there was no spread of disease among tourists, as affected by meningitis were officials of the hotels that have no direct contact with guests. Despite this, health authorities provided preventive antibiotics to 1,800 people who were in the last days in the resort. The outbreak of meningitis has killed three people since Wednesday, killed a woman and two men 54 years of 23 and 23 years of age. In addition, four other hotel staff, aged between 22 and 25, remain in the hospital today Couto Maia de Salvador de Bahia, the state capital. Read Article

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