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Nigeria records 1,179 yellow fever cases, 14 deaths


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reported a total of 1,179 suspected cases of yellow fever from 416 local government areas in 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

The cases were reported between January 1, 2022 and July 31, 2022.

According to the situation report obtained by our correspondent, a total of 14 deaths have been recorded from suspected cases in 10 of the states.

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The ‘yellow’ in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients.

Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. A small proportion of patients, who contract the virus, develop severe symptoms and approximately half of them die within seven and 10 days.

The NCDC said 74 per cent of cases were people predominantly aged 30 years and below.

The report read in part, “Cumulatively from January 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022, a total of 1,179 suspected cases have been reported from 416 LGAs in 36 states, including the FCT.

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“The cases were reported from the following states: Abia (36), Adamawa (18), Akwa Ibom (9), Anambra (84), Bauchi (38), Bayelsa (13), Benue (24), Borno (100), Cross River (26), Delta (8), Ebonyi (27), Edo (14), Ekiti (29), Enugu (67), FCT (5), Gombe (14), Imo (43), Jigawa (81), Kaduna (8), Kano (4), Katsina (81), Kebbi (21), Kogi (15), Kwara (21), Lagos (4), Nasarawa (24), Niger (25), Ogun (25), Ondo (62), Osun (19), Oyo (73), Plateau (45), Rivers (23), Sokoto (16), Taraba (33), Yobe (31) and Zamfara (13).

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A medical laboratory scientist at the Department of Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Obinna Chukwudi, said people who were not vaccinated against the disease were at risk of being infected with the virus.

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