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YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK CAUSES DEATHS IN DELTA, ENUGU AND BAUCHI STATES…NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is currently responding to yellow fever outbreaks in Delta, Enugu, and Bauchi States, amid reports of 76 deaths recorded in November.

Giving updates on the outbreak in an interview on Friday in Abuja, Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said that following the outbreak this month, 1, 2 and 8 cluster cases and deaths were reported to the agency by the State Epidemiologists of the three affected states.

He disclosed that 74 suspected cases involving 35 deaths were reported from Delta State; 70 suspected cases with 33 deaths from Enugu and 78 suspected cases with 8 deaths from Bauchi state, respectively.

The NCDC director general revealed that from preliminary investigations, three samples from Delta, one sample from Enugu, and eight samples from Bauchi were confirmed as yellow fever from the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test conducted at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa, in the FCT.

Dr Ihekweazu stated that most of the cases were males, with ages ranging from 1-55 years, presenting symptoms that included fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting with or without blood, epistaxis, blood in stools or urine.

He added that “National Rapid Response Teams (RRT) from the NCDC have been deployed to support response activities in the affected states.

BY: HARIS SIDI SIRAJO

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