The World Health Organization said Nigeria is currently experiencing a yellow fever epidemic with a total of 172 deaths reported in five states in the country.

The organization made this known in a recent report titled “WHO Supports Nigeria in Response to Yellow Fever Outbreak Amid Ongoing Pandemic.”

According to the WHO, a total of 530 suspected cases have also been reported by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

He said: “The World Health Organization is helping Nigeria respond to the epidemic. As of December 3 and since the start of the epidemic, a total of 530 suspected and 48 confirmed cases have been reported by the country’s Center for Disease Control, with 172 deaths among suspected cases in the five affected states. Sample tests are underway in the country’s national reference laboratories.

“With the onset of the current epidemic, epidemiologists and other health professionals have been deployed to each of the affected states. The outbreak investigation is ongoing through rapid response teams coordinated by the respective state ministries of health. Workers at selected hospitals in each of the five affected states have been trained and received supplies to treat patients with yellow fever.

“The relative proximity of Delta, Enugu, Benue and Ebonyi states to Lagos is of additional concern, as the introduction of yellow fever epidemics into urban environments with a large unvaccinated population can lead to rapid amplification with severe impacts. associates. Population movements that could contribute to the spread of the virus may have been reduced in the context of COVID-19. However, there is a lack of data on this and the risk of spread should be monitored. ”

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