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Endemic yellow fever strikes northern states

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed at least nine people, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

Official statistics from the centre shows reported cases in 12 LGAs of seven states — Kwara, Kogi, Kano, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Niger.

According to NCDC, as at January 2, a total of 358 suspected yellow fever cases had been line-listed out of which 230 blood samples collected and sent to the laboratory for confirmation.

There is no specific treatment for the viral haemorrhagic disease, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and found in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America’s Amazon region.

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Yellow fever symptoms include severe headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, according to the World Health Organization.

The disease can enter a toxic phase in some people, leading to organ failure and death.

Over the years, the outbreak has consistently been attributed to poor sanitation, which then provides fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes, according to PerSecond news.

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