In a follow-up on the yellow fever outbreak in Bauchi state, Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) now report that since the first confirmed case was reported on the 29th of August, in a case from Kano who had visited Yankari Game Reserve, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi in August 2019, 169 suspected and 15 laboratory confirmed cases by RT-PCR have been reported.
Of this total, 23 people have died from yellow fever- – Bauchi (9), Kano (1), Katsina (13), with a Case fatality rate (CFR) of 13.6%.
The suspected and confirmed cases have been reported in people who are either residents of, or have visited Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA) in Bauchi since the 1st of August 2019.
Suspected and confirmed cases with an epidemiological link to Bauchi have been reported in Borno, Kano, Gombe and Katsina states.
Yellow fever virus is spread through bites of an infected mosquito. There is no human-to-human transmission of the virus. Yellow fever is a completely vaccine preventable disease and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime. The Yellow fever vaccine is available for free in primary health care centres in Nigeria as part of the routine immunization schedule.