By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has sent a Rapid Response Team that is supporting Ebonyi State since 30th July 2019 following the suspected outbreak of Yellow Fever in the state.
The Center made the clarification in a news release titled, “The NCDC Is Aware Of A Suspected Outbreak Of Yellow Fever In Ebonyi State.
According to it, it is partnering with World Health Organisation (WHO) in supporting Ebonyi State.
“Following a report of cases and deaths from fever of unknown origin in Izzi Local Government Area (LGA) in Ebonyi State, the state public health team commenced investigation.
“As at the 31st July 2019 three cases had tested positive for Yellow Fever at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory which triggered an immediate response,” NCDC explained.
According to it, Ebonyi State Epidemiology team led the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and WHO.
In the course of the investigation, the Centre narrated, it was discovered that between May 1 and August 7, 2019, there had been cases that fit into the case definition for Yellow Fever and 20 deaths in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
This development indicated that the outbreak may have been going on for few months undetected by local health authorities, NCDC stated.
“It was too late to collect samples for confirmation from these cases,” NCDC stressed.
The Center pointed out that immediately the outbreak was notified, it deployed a rapid response team to support Ebonyi State with contact tracing, case finding, risk communication and the management of cases.
“Detailed analysis and plans are in advanced stages to apply to international vaccine stockpile to enable reactive vaccination campaign in Ebonyi State, in response to the cluster cases,” NCDC disclosed.
The Center declared that Yellow Fever is a completely vaccine preventable disease and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime.
“Yellow Fever vaccine is available for free in primary healthcare centres in Nigeria as part of the routine immunization schedule.
“Every child is protected for life if vaccinated. We encourage every family to ensure that children receive all their childhood vaccine,” NCDC said.
Yellow Fever virus is spread through bites of an infected mosquito. There is no human-to-human transmission of the virus, the Centre clarified.