There are reports that a yellow fever outbreak is currently ongoing in Nigeria with nine people confirmed dead from the disease.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the ailment has so far been confirmed in 12 local government areas across seven states.
In its situation report on yellow fever in the country, released for the first epidemiological week in 2018, NCDC said the states are Kwara, Kano, Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kogi and Zamfara.
It added that 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.
It is understood that the current outbreak started in Ifelodun Local Government Area in Kwara State with the first case detected in a seven-year-old girl in in September, 2017.
The girl had no previous history of yellow fever vaccination. She also had no travel history outside her state two years before the illness.
Since that incident, a total of 16 states, Abia, Borno, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Plateau, Zamfara, Enugu, Oyo, Anambra, Edo, Lagos, Kano, Nasarawa, Katsina and Niger, have reported suspected cases.
The agency said out of the samples collected and tested in five different Nigerian laboratories, 63 tested positive to the disease and one was inconclusive.
The same 64 samples were then sent to the WHO laboratory.
“Of the 64 (positive and inconclusive) samples sent to the World Health Organisation, WHO laboratory in Dakar, Senegal for laboratory confirmation, 32 were positive, 24 negative and seven results are still pending,” it stated.
NCDC also said that the total number of deaths in all cases (suspected, probable and confirmed cases) is 45, with nine listed as confirmed.