By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
During the past two weeks, at least 16 persons have died in an outbreak of yellow fever in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in southern Nigeria, according to a local media report.
Confirming the incident, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Chris Achi stated that he got a distress call from a villager who raised the alarm over the incessant deaths in the community who prompted him to send some rapid response ream to the village.
According to officials, most of the victims were treating the disease with herbals at home.
The Nigerian CDC tweeted this week: This week, our Rapid Response Team is in Ebonyi to support the state in investigating and responding to a cluster of Yellow Fever cases. Our team is supporting the State with coordination of partners, active case search, sample collection, risk communications activities, etc.
Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes belonging to the Aedes species. Yellow fever can lead to serious illness and even death. Yellow fever vaccine is the best protection against yellow fever disease, which can be fatal.