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Enugu Govt Confirms Yellow Fever Outbreak In Three LGAs

Enugu State Government has confirmed the spread of Yellow Fever in three Local Government Areas of the state.

In a statement by the State Commissioner of Health, Emmanuel Obi, said the state government received reports of strange deaths in three Local Government Areas of the state.

The Commissioner listed the LGAs to be Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti.

He disclosed that the state Ministry of Health Rapid Response Team, in collaboration with other stakeholders, have visited the LGAs to investigate the reports  and take samples for testing.

Meanwhile, the state had been battling to contain the outbreak of the disease in two communities of Ette Uno and Umuopu in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state, which reportedly claimed 52 lives between late October when the outbreak was first reported and November 2020.

The Commissioner said, “Following the confirmed cases of Yellow Fever in Igbo Eze North LGA of Enugu State and the concerted efforts to control the situation in the LGA by the Enugu State Government, Stakeholders and Partners; Federal and International, reports have also been received of “strange deaths” within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti LGAs,” the statement partly read.

“The Enugu State Ministry of Health Rapid Response Team, LGA Rapid Response Teams, International and National Partners have also visited these LGAs to investigate the reports and take samples for testing just as was done for the reports at Igboeze North.

“The new set of samples from these LGAs have been sent to the National Reference Laboratory at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja for a thorough and complete examination to determine conclusively the reasons for these new set of reports and the results are expected back early this week.”

While commiserating with families that lost their loved ones in the unfortunate development, he reminded the residents that the disease is caused by mosquitoes advising them to keep their environments clean and remove mosquito breeding sites from their homes.

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