By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The World Health Organization says the outbreak of yellow fever which started in Nigeria in September
2017 is ongoing.

Image/Robert Herriman

This year, an upsurge of yellow fever cases has been reported since August in six states and then began a decrease in late September.

Since the beginning of the year, a total of 3,620 suspected yellow fever cases have been reported in
588 LGAs from 36 states and the FCT with 144 cases being confirmed.

One hundred and fifty deaths have been reported among all yellow fever cases and 11 deaths among confirmed cases from Bauchi (7) and Ebonyi (4). This resulted in a case fatality ratio of4.1% among suspected cases and 7.6% among confirmed cases.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) activated a national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on the 5 November 2019 to ensure a well-coordinated response and quick control of the outbreak.

Yellow fever reactive mass vaccination campaigns (RMVC) have been implemented in LGAs in the following states: Edo (5), Ebonyi (3), Ondo (7), Delta (1), Benue (3), Cross River (1), Bauchi (1). The 2019 phase 3 preventive mass vaccination campaign in Katsina State has been completed.