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Nigeria records 1518 yellow fever cases, NCDC notifies states


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has issued a red alert in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory as 1,518 suspected cases of yellow fever have been reported.

According to the disease monitoring centre in a situation report obtained by our correspondent on Thursday, a total of 428 local government areas out of the 778 LGAs in the country had reported at least one case since the beginning of the year.

The PUNCH reports that Nigeria is experiencing yellow fever amid the outbreaks of coronavirus, cholera and Lassa fever.

According to the situation report, Katsina State is leading with 179 cases, Borno followed closely with 166 cases.

The centre also said that Enugu reported 100 cases, Abia 38; Adamawa 31; Akwa-Ibom five; while Anambra recorded 115; Bauchi 81; Bayelsa 25; Benue 35; Cross River 15; Delta 30 and  Ebonyi 31.

Also, Edo recorded 46; Ekiti eight; FCT 12; Gombe eight; Imo 58; Jigawa 30; Kaduna three; Kano 20; Kebbi 33; Kogi 16; Kwara 26; Lagos eight; Nasarawa 32; Niger 40; Ogun 26; Ondo 46; Osun 17; Oyo 62; Plateau 38; Rivers 19; Sokoto six; Taraba 21; Yobe 80 and Zamfara 14 cases.

The report added that 10 deaths were recorded in states, such as Adamawa (1), Anambra(2), Bauchi (1), Benue (1), Imo(2), Katsina (1), Kogi (1) and Osun (1).

The NCDC stated that 80 percent of the suspected cases were aged 30 and below, adding that 825 males were among the suspected cases while the number of females recorded were 693.

The NCDC said, “An alert has been issued and states have been notified of the increase in number of cases.”

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