The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that some persons have died following an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Bauchi State.
In a statement on Friday said the Commission said it was first notified of the outbreak on August 29 when the agency received the report of a confirmed case of yellow fever in Kano State from a laboratory in its network.
According to the statement, three of the confirmed cases are residents of Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA), with a fourth case linked to a tourist who was visiting Kano State and also visited the Yankari Games Reserve in the same LGA within Bauchi.
The commission further stated that subsequent investigations led by the Kano State Epidemiology Team established that the confirmed case of yellow fever “was from a patient who visited the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi, in August with his father.
“The father died with similar symptoms before a sample could be collected and tested,” the statement partly read.
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In a similar vein, the Borno State Epidemiology Team on Tuesday had reported deaths among students of Waka College of Education in Biu LGA Borno State.
The students are said to have visited the Yankari Games Reserves in August 2019.
The NCDC said that “of the 95 Students that visited the resort (Yankari Game Reserve), eight of them developed symptoms and six had died as at the time of the report. The others are in a stable condition. Samples from these cases are being tested.”
According to the health agency, intensification of surveillance activities have led to the confirmation of three more cases in Bauchi, all residents of Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi.
Since it was notified, the NCDC said it has been collaborating with the state epidemiologists and the World Health Organisation country office to investigate these events.
“We have 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,” it said.
NCDC said it has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate the response to the outbreak.