Nine people have died of meningococcal meningitis so far this month in Meghalaya and the disease was reported to be spreading. Principal Secretary of  Health and Family Welfare Department Anoop Srivastava said today that nine people had died of meningococcal meningitis and some patients had been admitted to hospitals till  January 19. The cases of meningococcal meningitis were mostly reported from slum areas like Jhalupara, some parts of Mawlai, Lumparing and Nongmynsong in East Khasi Hills in and from slum areas in  Garo Hills. Srivastava  said the problem was not alarming and people should not panic. He said meningococcal meningitis was curable and the state had adequate medicines. He admitted the disease might spread in congested places like slum areas. Read more at http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/483213/National/1/20/1