In Ebonyi: FG, WHO respond to Yellow Fever outbreak

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ebonyi Government are responding to the outbreak of yellow fever in the state, an official says.

In a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Ebonyi Public Health team commenced investigation on suspected case on July, 31,
Ihekweazu said Ebonyi State Public Health team commenced investigation since July, 31, adding that three cases tested positive to yellow fever at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory, which triggered an immediate response.

Iheakweazu said the inquiry indicated that the outbreak might have been going on for a few months undetected by local health authorities.

The director-general said that detailed analysis and plans were at advance stages to apply to international vaccine stockpile to enable a reactive vaccination campaign in Ebonyi in response to the cluster of cases.

According to him, yellow fever virus is spread through bites of an infected mosquito and there is no human-to-human transmission of the virus.
He said that yellow fever is a completely vaccine preventable disease and that a single shot provides immunity for life.

He said the vaccine was available and dispensed free in primary health care centres in Nigeria as part of routine immunisation schedule. (Vanguard)

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