Global & Disaster Medicine

Nigeria: As of Nov 25, 2018, a total of 3,510 suspected YF cases, including 74 deaths (the case-fatality rate is 2.1%).

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A yellow fever outbreak has been active in Nigeria since September 2017, with all 36 States plus FCT reporting at least one suspected case. 

A multi-agency national Emergency Operations Centre is coordinating the national response. 

A new cluster of suspected cases of yellow fever was reported in Edo state on 22 November 2018. Since 9 September 2018, a total of 36 suspected cases, 2 presumptive positives including 8 deaths have been recorded. 

Thirteen additional samples from Edo state were tested at a Nigeria laboratory outside the yellow fever laboratory network and nine samples were reported as positive. Aliquots of these samples have been sent to the World Health Organisation yellow fever reference laboratory, IP Dakar for confirmatory testing. 

A National Rapid Response Team has been deployed to Edo State and is working with the Edo State Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation and other partners. 

The Rapid Response Team’s focus has been finding cases, sensitization of health workers and communities, entomological surveillance etc in order to define an appropriate response. 

A planned yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign targeting 20,461,805 persons in six states (Borno, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and the FCT) commenced on 22nd November 2018.


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