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Published On: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019

Yellow fever death toll rises to 22 in Bauchi

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By Ese Awhotu with agency report

The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency yesterday said the death toll in the Yellow Fever outbreak in the State has risen to 22, following the death of six more persons.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, made this known at a news conference on Monday in Bauchi.
He said the Ministry of Health had confirmed a yellow fever case that was linked to the Yankari Games Reserve.
Dr. Mohammed told journalists that, no fewer than 143 suspected cases of the disease were recorded out of which 24 cases were confirmed and 22 died saying all the cases were from Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, 10 out of the 22 people that died of the disease were rangers working with the Yankari Games Reserve.
He also said that, only 79 per cent coverage was recorded in the ongoing immunization campaign against the vector that carries the disease, as people were not still willing to take the vaccines.

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