NCDC Confirms Cases Of Yellow Fever In Bauchi
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says four cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in Bauchi state.
In a press release, the NCDC revealed that three of the confirmed cases were residents of Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA) while the fourth is a tourist who was visiting Kano State and also visited the Yankari Games Reserve in the same LGA in Bauchi State.
According to the Health body, the Borno State Epidemiology Team reported deaths among students of Waka College of Education in Biu LGA Borno State on the 3rd of September, 2019, after first being notified of a confirmed case of the disease in Kano State from a laboratory in one of her Yellow Fever laboratory network on 29th of August.
The students of the College had visited the Yankari Game Resort in August with eight of the 95 who went to the resort developing symptoms afterwards. Six of the students have died with the other two in stable condition. Samples from these cases are being tested according to the NCDC.
“Intensification of surveillance activities has led to the identification of three more confirmed cases who are all resident in Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA), of Bauchi state. Altogether, we can confirm four cases of yellow fever in people that either live or have visited Bauchi in the last one month”, said NCDC in the statement.
“NCDC has collaborated with the State epidemiologists of the affected States and the World Health Organization country office to investigate these events.”
“We have also deployed a rapid response team to support Bauchi State to carry out further in-depth investigations, including case finding, risk communications, and support the management of cases. Samples of the other suspected cases from Bauchi and Borno states are currently being transported to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory in Abuja for further testing”, the Disease Control body revealed.