The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, a parastatal of the Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed the death of seven persons, in an outbreak of yellow fever in Bauchi State, with four victims on treatment.
Among those who died were students of Waka College of Education in Biu Local Government Area, Borno State.
While three of the confirmed cases were said to be residents of Alkaleri Local Government Area, the fourth victim was a tourist who was visiting Kano State and Yankari Games Reserve in the same LGA in Bauchi State.
The Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who made the confirmation in a statement in Abuja, said the agency was first notified on August 29, when it received the report of a confirmed case of Yellow Fever in Kano State from a laboratory in the Yellow Fever laboratory network.
He said, “Subsequent investigations led by the Kano State Epidemiology Team established that this confirmed case of yellow fever was from a patient who visited the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi, in August 2019 with his father. Unfortunately, the father died with similar symptoms before a sample could be collected and tested.
“Subsequently, on September 3 2019, the Borno State Epidemiology Team reported deaths among students of Waka College of Education in Biu LGA Borno State. These students visited the Yankari Game Resort in August 2019.
“Of the 95 students that visited the resort, eight of them developed symptoms and six had died as at the time of the report. The others are in a stable condition. Samples from these cases are being tested.
“Intensification of surveillance activities has led to the identification of three more confirmed cases who are all resident in Alkaleri LGA of Bauchi state.
“Altogether, we can confirm four cases of yellow fever in people that either live or have visited Bauchi in the last one month.
“Since it was notified, the NCDC has collaborated with the State epidemiologists of the affected States and the World Health Organization country office to investigate these events.