Yellow Fever Claims 76 Lives in Enugu, Bauchi, Delta


Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

A total of 76 fatalities have been recorded from yellow fever outbreak in three states of Enugu, Bauchi and Delta.

An update report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Country (NCDC) yesterday said that between the November 1 and 11, a total of 222 suspected cases, 19 confirmed cases and 76 deaths were reported from these three states.

NCDC said that it was currently responding to yellow fever outbreaks in the three affected states
According to the statement, on 1st-2nd and 8th of November, clusters of cases and deaths were reported to NCDC by the State Epidemiologists of Delta, Enugu and Bauchi states respectively

“Seventy- four suspected cases with 35 deaths were reported from Delta State; 70 suspected cases with 33 deaths from Enugu State and 78 suspected cases with 8 deaths from Bauchi state,” it said.

NCDC further said that from the preliminary investigations, three samples from Delta (6th November), one sample from Enugu (6th November) and eight samples from Bauchi (8th November) were confirmed as yellow fever with PCR at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa.

It explained that most of the cases were males, with age ranging from 1-55 years and presented with fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting with or without blood, epistaxis, blood in stools/urine, convulsion and unconsciousness

The statement said that on 7th of November, the National Yellow Fever Emergency Operations
Centre (EOC) was activated to coordinate response activities across all affected states.
It added that State Epidemiology Team in the affected states is leading the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and WHO National RRTs from NCDC have been deployed to support response activities in Delta and Enugu states.