The death toll from the Yellow Fever outbreak in Bauch State has increased to seven, a situation which has prompted the state government to commence vaccination across the state.
Bauchi State government on Thursday announced the commencement of aerial spraying for aedes mosquito – the vector that transmits the yellow fever disease.
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The state governor, Bala Mohammed explaining the purpose of the vaccination said that over N30 million is being expended to contain the virus in 20 local government areas of the state.
“The vaccination will allow us to stop this virus from spreading. I implore all citizens of Kano State to key into this exercise and not panic,” he said.
Governor Mohammed also warned against negative rumours that will undermine the “vaccination drive.”
The state government suspects the disease was transported by a foreign national during a tourist visit to the Yankari Games Reserve and more persons are being infected.
In the on-going battle against the yellow fever outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization says although it is currently not a public health emergency of international concern, it however remains a very serious issue.
According to the W.H.O, About 6,000 people in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo may be infected with yellow fever, six times the number of confirmed cases, but no new infections have been found since July 12; what the organisation describes as an “extremely positive” trend.
However, it was said that the looming rainy season has raised fears of further spread of the worst outbreak in decades of the mosquito-borne hemorrhagic virus.
The outbreak which has killed roughly 400 people since December, now appears to have improved.
With the vaccination of about 7.7 million people this month, in a major campaign in the “high-risk” Congo capital of Kinshasa, along with 1.5 million in other parts of the country, the situation seems to be under control.
Campaigns have depleted the global stockpile of six million yellow fever vaccine doses twice this year already, which the W.H.O says is unprecedented.