Yellow fever death toll rises to 76 in Delta, Enugu and Bauchi

Yellow fever death toll rises to 76 in Delta, Enugu and Bauchi

A total of 76 deaths have been recorded from Yellow fever in three states. The cases were recorded between November 1 and November 11, 2020, in De

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A total of 76 deaths have been recorded from Yellow fever in three states. The cases were recorded between November 1 and November 11, 2020, in Delta, Enugu and Bauchi states.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 19 cases have been confirmed in the three states with 222 suspected cases. There are eight confirmed cases in Bauchi while eight deaths have been recorded from the disease.

In Delta, 35 people have died from the disease while there are six confirmed cases. Enugu has recorded five confirmed cases with 33 fatalities. The data said most of the cases are males between the ages of one and 55 years.

“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. 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.

“Between the 1st and 11th of November 2020, a total of 222 suspected cases, 19 confirmed cases and 76 deaths have been reported from these three states. On 7th of November, the National Yellow fever Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated to coordinate response activities across all affected states.

“The 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.”

The disease is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes.