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FG says Yellow Fever Responsible For Strange Deaths In Delta And Enugu

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The Federal Government has disclosed that an outbreak of yellow fever is responsible for the recent strange deaths in some states, including Delta and Enugu.

The Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire made this known yesterday while addressing State House Correspondents after this week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Yes, there was an outbreak that started in Delta and was found in Enugu and then two other states, making it a total of four states. The analysis we have done so far shows it is yellow fever. So, the response has been going on from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); vaccination is going on in all these areas. Few days ago, there was also a report from a member of the National Assembly. He said in his constituency, there were unexplained illnesses and deaths and that alarm also immediately triggered a response. The NCDC has been directed to carry out investigation. As we speak, they have to collect samples, do tests and do some laboratory investigations before we are sure of what exactly it is and what the cause is. So, the response is going on automatically and we shall get result very soon,” he said.

Enugu State confirmed the outbreak of the disease in two communities – Ette Uno and Umuopu – in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area. But the disease has now spread to Nsukka, Isi-Uzo.

Delta State also recently reported 22 deaths in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.

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