November 21, 2020

Yellow fever hits 1,558 in 8 states

Nigeria: Yellow fever suspected cases hit 1,558 in 8 states

*46 confirmed, 2 new deaths

*More states affected

By Chioma Obinna

Suspected cases of Yellow Fever in Nigeria, on Saturday, rose to 1,558 cases with 46 confirmed cases in 481 Local Government areas, LGAs.

The 46 confirmed cases were reported from 14 LGAs across eight states of  Bauchi 8; Benue 3; Delta 8; Ebonyi 1; Edo 5; Ekiti 1;  Enugu 19 and Oyo 1.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, who is currently responding to clusters of Yellow Fever outbreaks in Delta, Enugu, Bauchi, and  Benue States in its report latest report disclosed  that from the clusters of outbreaks in Delta, Enugu, Bauchi and Benue; 20 new confirmed cases were reported:

According to NCD’s YF Weekly situation report, 14 were reported in Enugu, Benue 3, Delta 2, Ebonyi 1.

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Also, 4 new Local Government Areas,  LGAs , across three states reported confirmed cases: Benue 1; Enugu 2; Ebonyi 1 and  2 new deaths among confirmed cases were reported. “Cumulatively from epi-week 24 – 46:

A total of 39 confirmed cases have been reported from 7 LGAs across five states. A total of six deaths were recorded among the confirmed cases with a Case Fatality Rate, CFR of 15 percent.

Giving a summary of cases so far, the report states: “Cumulatively, across Nigeria, in 2020 from Epi-Week 01 – 46: A total of 1,558 suspected cases and 46 confirmed cases have been reported from 481, 62 percent,  LGAs across all states and FCT.

” Laboratory results in-country: 37 confirmed with PCR; 30 presumptive positive; 11 inconclusive; 1,481 negative; 31 pending testing.

“Laboratory results from IP Dakar: Of the 41 samples sent, 8, 19.5  percent, were confirmed, 2, 4.9 percent, discarded and 31, 75.6 percent,  pending.

The NCDC and National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, are coordinating response activities through the national Yello Fever EOC, in collaboration with states and partners.

There are ongoing reactive mass vaccination campaigns in Bauchi, Delta and Enugu States with Benue scheduled to start a preventive mass vaccination campaign, PMVC, on the 20th of November 2020.

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