At least 35 dead from mysterious meningitis outbreak in Mexico


State officials in northern Mexico on Monday reported another death caused by a mysterious meningitis outbreak, bringing the total number of victims linked to the disease to 35.

To date, health authorities in Mexico’s largely rural Durango state have documented 79 meningitis cases over the past few months.

Meningitis is typically associated with painful inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, often caused by a virus or in some cases bacteria or a fungal infection.

The first case of meningitis in Durango was confirmed late last year when doctors diagnosed several cases of aseptic meningitis, an especially harmful inflammation of the brain.

The infected patients in Durango had all been subjected to surgeries that used spinal anesthesia in private hospitals in the sprawling state’s capital, also known as Durango, according to data local officials reported to the World Health Organization.

So far this year, Durango health authorities have reported new cases nearly every day, as well as hospitalizations and fatalities caused by the disease.

The Mexican health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.