NCDC Confirms 45 Deaths From Yellow Fever

NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed a total of 45 deaths from yellow fever in the country.

This was disclosed in an outbreak situation report, saying that 45 deaths were recorded, nine were confirmed by the World Health Organisation, WHO, reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.

According to the report, “Total number of deaths in all cases (among suspected, probable and confirmed cases) is 45, and 9 among confirmed cases – Case fatality rate for all cases (including suspected, probable and confirmed) is 12.6 percent, and 27.3 percent for confirmed cases.

“In the reporting week, one new confirmed case from Borgu LGA Niger State was confirmed by the WHO Reference Laboratory, Dakar- the first confirmed case in Niger. The current outbreak started in Ifelodun LGA, Kwara State on September 12 2017, and according to the report, a total of 358 suspected yellow fever cases have been line-listed.

“Of the 358 suspected cases, 230 (64.2 percent), Predominant age groups affected are 20 years and below accounting for 67.8 percent while male to female ratio is 1.6 to 1. A yellow fever outbreak is currently active in the country with confirmed cases in Kwara, Kogi, Kano, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Niger.

However, 16 states have reported suspected cases. They include Abia, Borno, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Plateau, Zamfara, Enugu, Oyo, Anambra and Edo. Others are Lagos, Kano, Nasarawa, Katsina and Niger states.”


Kwara Yellow Fever Patients Medically Stable-Official

The two patients diagnosed with yellow fever in Oro-Ago in Ifelodun Local government area of Kwara state are now medically stable.

Dr Khadeejah Kamaldeen of the Kwara State Epidemiology Unit made the confirmation in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin.

Kamaldeen said that the patients are responding to treatment and are expected to make full recovery.

The Epidemiologist said earlier confirmation of the yellow fever cases were diagnosed in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

She said that samples were additionally sent to Dakar, Senegal for further confirmation that proved positive.

Kamaldeen explained that yellow fever is a vaccine preventable disease and urged residents to go for vaccination against it.

She appealed to mothers across the state to pay special attention to vaccination of their children.

According to her, the state government needed more support from partners in terms of vaccination logistics for yellow fever to allow for wider coverage of the state.

Kamaldeen said the symptoms for yellow fever are fever, headache, vomiting and fatigue, while in extreme cases there are emission of blood from victim’s mouth and nose like Lassa fever.

She added that yellow fever is not contagious but advised anyone with such symptoms to report to the state Ministry of Health.

The epidemiologist also advised people to use long lasting insecticidal nets and mosquito repellents to prevent yellow Fever.


FG: Yellow Fever Confirmed In Kwara

There has been a new case of yellow fever in kwara and it has been confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health, the sickness has been found in a young girl in Oke Owa community, Ifelodun local government area of Kwara State.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) carried out the laboratory diagnosis of the case while the Institute Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal confirmed it on September 12.

The minister made this known in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry on Monday in Abuja.

The minister said that the State Epidemiology Team has begun an investigation in the affected area and surrounding communities following the confirmation of the case.

He added that government has deployed a joint team comprising the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office to the state.

According to the minister, the team will support the state in carrying out a detailed investigation and risk analysis. “An Outbreak Control Team has been constituted to ensure rapid and coordinated decision-making,’’ he said.

Adewole also gave the assurance that all agencies of the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners would work together to support the state response programme in order to prevent further spread of the disease.

He added that a vaccination campaign would be carried out in the affected area to prevent the disease from further spreading to other areas.