Statistics about Meningitis


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Meningitis. The term 'prevalence' of Meningitis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Meningitis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Meningitis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Meningitis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Meningitis: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Meningitis)
  Incidence (annual) of Meningitis: approximately 25,000 cases of bacterial meningitis annually in USA; 206 annual cases in Victoria 1996 (DHS-VIC)
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 10,879 or 0.01% or 25,000 people in USA [about data]
Death and mortality statistics for Meningitis:
  Deaths from Meningitis: 850 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)
  Death statistics for Meningitis: The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Meningitis:
  • Meningitis death statistics by worldwide region:
    • About 20,000 deaths from meningitis in Africa 2002 (The World Health Report, WHO, 2004)
    • About 18,000 deaths from meningitis from meningitis in The Americas 2002 (The World Health Report, WHO, 2004)
    • About 73,000 deaths from meningitis from meningitis in South East Asia 2002 (The World Health Report, WHO, 2004)
    • About 15,000 deaths from meningitis from meningitis in Europe 2002 (The World Health Report, WHO, 2004)
    • About 25,000 deaths from meningitis from meningitis in Eastern Mediterranean 2002 (The World Health Report, WHO, 2004)
    • About 20,000 deaths from meningitis from meningitis in Western Pacific 2002 (The World Health Report, WHO, 2004)
  • meningitis caused 0.9% of deaths for non-neonate infants in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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