Twenty-nine people have died from an outbreak of yellow fever in Bauchi state, northeast Nigeria, according to the Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
Concise News reports that head of the agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, made this known while briefing journalists on the outbreak of yellow fever in the state.
This news medium understands that yellow fever is not a communicable disease as it can only be transmitted through mosquitoes.
“We discovered 224 suspected cases, and 29 were confirmed dead, with 24 in Alkaleri local government, two in Bauchi local government, one in Darazo council area and two in Ningi local government,” he said.
Mohammed explained that the virus was first detected in Alkaleri council area in September, adding that efforts had since been on to avoid further spread.
He said that government was doing everything possible to ensure that the disease did not spread to the state capital.
“That is why government has made efforts through vaccination of people living in the prone areas,” he said.
“Already, 500,000 doses of vaccines had been administered in Alkaleri and we are expecting 600,000 doses of vaccines to be administered in Ningi community.”
He urged communities to give early information to the authorities.