Yellow Fever: Three States Reported 76 Deaths in 11 days – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that three states have recently reported a total of 76 deaths suspected to be from yellow fever.

According to the agency, the affected states are Bauchi, Delta and Enugu states and it was learnt that the deaths occurred between November 1 and 11.

While 74 suspected cases involving 35 deaths were reported from Delta State, 70 suspected cases with 33 deaths from Enugu. 78 suspected cases with eight deaths was also reported in Bauchi State.

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, FCT.

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NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu who revealed that the National Yellow Fever Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated to coordinate all response activities across the affected states on November 7, added that most of the cases were males, with ages ranging from 1-55 years and they presented symptoms that included fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting with or without blood, epistaxis, blood in stools/urine.

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