Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Fever Claim Lives in Edo State

Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Fever Claim Lives in Edo State
There is an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever which is claiming lives in Edo State. According to the United States National Library of Medicine, like the Ebola virus, the Lassa virus causes a viral hemorrhagic fever. All viral hemorrhagic fevers have common features including blood vessel damage and harm too many organs in the body. The fever has killed many people in communities including Igeduma and Ekpoma and environs in Edo State. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), yesterday, confirmed knowledge of a suspected outbreak of yellow fever in the state. In a statement, chief executive officer, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said following the report of an outbreak of fever of unknown origin in four local government areas in Edo State, the state public health team commenced investigation. He said, “On the 21st of November 2018, nine cases tested positive for yellow fever. We await confirmatory results from the WHO Regional Reference Laboratory. The Edo State Epidemiology Team is working with NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and World Health Organization (WHO) to carry out a detailed investigation and response to the already confirmed cases. The NCDC has deployed a rapid response team to support the state with contact tracing, risk communications and management of cases. There are ongoing plans to begin a vaccination campaign in the state in response to the cluster of cases.” Ihekweazu explained that yellow fever virus is spread through bites by an infected mosquito, adding that It is a completely vaccine preventable disease and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime. He said the yellow fever vaccine is freely available in all primary health care centers in Nigeria. He said, “In addition to the vaccine, the public are advised to keep their environments clean and free of stagnant water to discourage the breeding of mosquitoes and use insecticide treated mosquito nets, screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquito bites.”

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