Stella Dimoko Yellow Fever Reportedly Claims 16 Lives In Ebonyi State..


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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Yellow Fever Reportedly Claims 16 Lives In Ebonyi State..

About 16 lives have reportedly been lost to an outbreak of yellow fever virus in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Several other victims were receiving treatment at the Virology Centre and Iboko General Hospital in the state as at the time of filing this report.

The virus had reportedly been ravaging the community since July before the information got to the state’s ministry of health which thereafter moved in to curtail further spread.

The Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Chris Achi, confirmed the incident on Friday in a chat with journalists in Abakaliki.

He said the Federal Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had intervened in the matter.

Achi blamed the death of the 16 persons on patronage of quacks and use of herbs to treat the outbreak.

He appealed to the people of the state to always access health facilities located in their areas. According to him, a specie of mosquito called AEDES transmits the virus to humans and it has three to six days incubation period in human body.

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