Nigeria: Yellow Fever – Death Toll Hits 133 As Disease Spreads to More Communities in Enugu

Nsukka — Despite the fumigation of Ette, and Umuopu communities in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State against yellow fever by the state government and the ongoing immunisation against the disease at some local government areas in the state, death toll has hit 133.

About 57 victims lost their lives in Ette, and Umuopu communities initially before both the federal and state governments flooded the areas with yellow fever vaccines.

In the last two weeks, health workers had been working round the clock to curtail the spread of the disease to other communities.

However, reports indicated that 21 persons died of the disease in Isiugwu community within the last two weeks while about 10 died at Umuopu again on Tuesday, just as two others died on Wednesday.

Four persons died at Aji Community while several others reportedly died at Okpo, and Igogoro communities among other communities in the council area.

Health officials were said to have been moved to Isiugwu community for mass vaccination when Vanguard visited the council area for official comments on the issue.

However, a health officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that it takes about 10 days for the vaccines to start working on anybody, adding that those who had been vaccinated could still die if they were already infected before being vaccinated because of the period of time it takes for the vaccine to become effective.

He added that all together, the council area has lost at least 75 persons within the last two weeks.