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Yellow Fever: 14 Deaths Reported In 10 States

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has said Nigeria recorded 14 deaths in 10 states from suspected cases of Yellow Fever from January to July 2022.

The NCDC announced this on its official website on Sunday.

It listed the affected states as: Abia (one), Bayelsa (one), Benue (one), Imo (one), Kaduna (one), Yobe (one), Katsina (two), Kebbi (two), Taraba (two), and Zamfara (three).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) described Yellow Fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients.

The symptoms of yellow fever include headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

A small proportion of patients who contract the virus, however, develop severe symptoms, and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.

The Nigerian Public Health Institute said cumulatively, 1,179 suspected cases of Yellow Fever were reported in 416 local government areas between January 1 and July 31.

The centre said one case each was confirmed in Sokoto, Osun, Ondo, Anambra and Imo states.

The NCDC said male to female ratio for suspected cases was 1:1.7 with males recording 637 cases (54 per cent) and females 542 cases (46 per cent).

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