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Outbreak of yellow fever in Bauchi state Nigeria kills 8

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A yellow fever outbreak in Bauchi killed eight people, The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Agency (BSPHCDA) says.

A yellow fever in Ganjuwa Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state Region killed eight people, all of whom tested positive.

The statement came from Rilwanu Mohamme, the agency’s chairman, during a briefing with reporters in Bauchi on Monday.

“Our polio team was in Ganjuwa for regular training. It turned out that eight people had died of an unknown disease, so they returned.

“Eight samples were brought with lassa fever and yellow fever tests, all positive for yellow fever.

“Last year, at this time, we had cases of yellow fever in six LGAs of Bauchi, Alkaleri, Warji, Ningi, Kirfi and Darazo,” he said.

He went further to say that the members of the community are mainly farmers.

Mr Mohammed said the agency would seriously launch a vaccination exercise against the deadly disease at Ganjuwa LGA.

He called on the general public not to panic, as yellow fever has a vaccine.

He also advised the public to use mosquito nets as a preventive measure against other types of fever. (NAN)

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