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Yellow fever outbreak kills 29 people in Bauchi



29 people have died in Nigeria’s north-east state of Bauchi, following a yellow fever outbreak. The news was confirmed by the state health ministry.It is latest of such outbreaks in the country.

Rilwanu Mohammed, chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency spoke to journalists on Thursday about the outbreak. He said the virus was first detected in September, meaning the deaths were possibly recorded in the last two months.

“We discovered 224 suspected cases, and 29 were confirmed dead, with 24 in Alkaleri local government, two in Bauchi local government, 1 in Darazo council area and two in Ningi local government,” he said.

People taking yellow fever vaccine

Mr Mohammed explained that the virus was first detected in Alkaleri local council area, adding that efforts had since been on to avoid further spread.

He said the government was trying to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading.

“That is why government has made efforts through vaccination of people living in the prone areas.

“Already, 500,000 doses of vaccines had been administered in Alkaleri and we are expecting 600,000 doses of vaccines to be administered in Ningi community,” he said.

Yellow fever is not a communicable disease. It can only be transmitted through mosquitoes.

Mr Mohammed urged communities to give early information to the authorities, especially when they noticed unusual happenings around them.

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