Breaking: Yellow Fever Outbreak Spreads To Nsukka, Two Other Enugu Communities

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Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State

The strange disease that was later discovered to be Yellow fever that broke out in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State has spread to three other parts of the state namely; Nsukka, Isi-Uzo, and Igbo-Etiti.

VANTAGE NEWS reported that a strange disease which broke out in Ette at the beginning of September 2020, and later spread into Umuopu communities in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, has killed many persons.

The state government later reported that Yellow Fever was behind the alleged strange deaths in the community as reported by VANTAGE NEWS

In a statement by the Commissioner of Health Ikechukwu Obi, the state government confirmed it had received reports of strange deaths within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo, and Igbo-Etiti LGAs.

Obi further disclosed that the ministry’s Rapid Response Team, LGA Rapid Response Teams in collaboration with International and National Partners had visited the communities to investigate the reports and had taken samples for testing.

The statement read in parts, “Following the confirmed cases of Yellow Fever in Igbo Eze North LGA of Enugu State and the concerted efforts to control the situation in the LGA by the State Government, Stakeholders and Partners; Federal and International, reports have also been received of ‘strange deaths’ within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti LGAs.

“The Enugu State Ministry of Health Rapid Response Team, LGA Rapid Response Teams, International and National Partners have also visited these LGAs to investigate the reports and take samples for testing just as was done for the reports at Igboeze North.

“The new set of samples from these LGAs have been sent to the National Reference Laboratory at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja for a thorough and complete examination to determine conclusively the reasons for these new set of reports and the results are expected back early this week.”

Obi, who condoled with families that have lost their loved ones, revealed that Yellow Fever is transmitted through mosquito bites.

He advised residents to keep their environments clean, adding that “Yellow Fever Vaccination is not for treatment of Yellow Fever, it is for prevention of Yellow Fever.

The commissioner further stated that “If you have been recently vaccinated against Yellow Fever, you do not need to be vaccinated again.

He revealed that it takes 10 days or more for Yellow fever vaccine to start working after someone have received it.

Obi urged residents to immediately visit a nearby hospital for treatment if there’s a sign of illness.

“If you or your loved one are not feeling well, please visit or take your loved one to a nearby hospital for treatment. Trained Health Workers can recognize most of the diseases of public health importance and know what to do,” he said.

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