The Enugu State Government have confirmed that Yellow Fever is the cause of the reports of a strange illness in Igbo-Eze North, Nsukka, Isi-Uzo and Igbo-Etiti Local Government Areas of the State.
The State Commissioner for health,Dr Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi stated this while giving an update from the local governments on Saturday.
The Commissioner said the State and LGA Ministry of Health Rapid Response Teams, State MDAs, National & Int’l Health Partners will continue active case search in all the LGAs to ensure that no one, may be suffering in silence.
Obi noted that Government owned hospitals are being prepositioned, and are treating patients adding that reactive Mass Vaccination for yellow fever have commenced.
” Reactive Mass Vaccination for Yellow Fever commenced in Igbo-Eze North LGA on the 11th of November, in Nsukka LGA on the 18th of November and in Isi-Uzo LGA on the 19th of November 2020.”
“The National Arbovirus and Vector Research Centre has isolated the Specific Mosquito Vector Specie in this epidemic (The Aedes Spp) and vector control measures commenced in Igbo-Eze North LGA.”
While noting that Yellow fever is transmitted through mosquito bites, the commissioner recommended for people to remove mosquito breeding sites (stagnant water and bushes) around their environment.
He informed that yellow fever vaccination is not a treatment but a preventive measure ,noting that those who have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever within the last ten years, do not need to be vaccinated again.