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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fresh Meningitis Cases

More than 300 children have contracted meningitis in the Far East, with scores of children hospitalized with the potentially fatal disease, officials said Tuesday.

Twenty-three children were hospitalized Monday in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

Previously, 127 children were admitted to hospitals with the infection, which strikes the linings of the brain and spinal cord. Another 198 children have been treated and released, Itar-Tass said.