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Yellow fever claims eight in Bauchi

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By David Adenuga Bauchi

No fewer than eight persons have died of probable cases of yellow fever in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi state.

Eight others have also been placed under intensive care after contracting the disease.

Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed these while briefing newsmen on Monday.

Mohammed said the surveillance team of the agency made the discovery after taking samples of the eight infected victims placed under intensive care.

”Recently, mysterious deaths of people were reported in some villages in two wards of Ganjuwa LGA.

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“Immediately our surveillance team moved in and took samples of infected victims and it was confirmed that they were yellow fever positive.

“This suspicion came from one of our supervisors who went to the local government for Polio immunisation and found out that some locals were having yellowness of the eyes and urine,” he added.

There was occurrence of the disease last year where about 77 tested positive in Alkaleri, Bauchi, Toro, Ningi, Gamawa, Darazo and Warji local government areas.

Rilwanu said the Federal Government was planning to carry out extensive campaign on yellow fever and Lassa fever.

He added the activated rapid response team is already in progress to save resident who are mostly farmers.

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