15,595 meningitis cases this year in Africa Two months into the dried out season in the African Meningitis Belt , 15,595 cases including 1,670 deaths have already been reported to the Globe Health Organization from four countries: Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Uganda. Two of these countries, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are at the severe south of the Meningitis Belt, which stretches from Senegal in the West to Ethiopia in the East, an certain area with around population of 300 million people. The samples taken show that these full cases are caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A, the most common serogroup in Africa.Of the 225 patients in the ingenol mebutate group, 222 applied the study medication on both times, whereas all the individuals in the placebo group applied both doses. Efficacy Face and Scalp Studies In the ingenol mebutate group, 42.2 percent of individuals had complete clearance of actinic keratoses in the treated area at day 57, in comparison with 3.7 percent of individuals in the placebo group . Partial clearance was observed in 63.9 percent of patients in the ingenol mebutate group, in comparison with 7.4 percent of these in the placebo group .