Strange disease kills cows, yellow fever spreads in Enugu

 




THREE more local government areas in Enugu State were suspected to have recorded yellow fever outbreak on Monday.


This came as the Igbo-Eze North LGA, where the first outbreak of the disease was first reported, directed residents of the local government area and nearby communities to stop eating beef, following strange death of cows in some communities in the area.


Enugu State had been battling to contain the outbreak of yellow fever in two communities of Ette Uno and Umuopu in Igbo-Eze North LGA, which reportedly claimed 52 lives between October when the outbreak was first reported and November 2020.



The state government also confirmed it had received reports of strange deaths within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti LGAs.


A statement by the Commissioner of Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, released on Sunday night disclosed that the ministry’s Rapid Response Team, LGA Rapid Response Teams in collaboration with international and national partners had visited the communities to take samples for testing.


The statement partly read, “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 state government, stakeholders and partners, reports have also been received of strange deaths within communities in Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti LGAs.



“The new set of samples from these LGAs has 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.”


He advised that people should keep their environment clean and remove mosquito breeding sites around their homes.


He further stated, “Yellow fever vaccination is not for treatment of yellow fever; it is for prevention of yellow fever.



“If you have been recently vaccinated against yellow fever, you do not need to be vaccinated again.”


Meanwhile, the chairman of Igbo-Eze North, Hon Ejike Itodo, who spoke with The PUNCH on stoppage of eating meat, said the advice became necessary to avoid any calamity.


‘Benue strange illness is yellow fever’


Meanwhile, the Benue State Government on Monday confirmed that the strange illness that had claimed 20 lives at Okpeilo-Otukpa in the Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state was yellow fever.



The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Ngunna Adingi, stated at the end of the State Executive Council meeting.


Mrs Adingi said, “The results from which they got the test; we found out that people actually died from yellow fever.


“Our appeal to the people of Ogbadibo is that they should make themselves available for vaccination.”

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