Yellow Fever Outbreak Kills 172 People In Nigeria So Far – World Health Organization

World Health Organization said on Friday 4th of December that 172 people have died so far from Yellow fever outbreak in the country.

Nigeria has been battling successive yellow fever outbreaks since 2017. The latest outbreak was detected in November, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.

He said

As of November 24, the outbreak has been reported in five states in Nigeria: Delta, Enugu, Bauchi, Benue and Ebonyi.

A total of 530 suspected cases have been reported, including 48 that have been confirmed by lab testing.

A total of 172 deaths have been reported out of those 530 suspected cases.

The percentage of people immunised against yellow fever remains low in many parts of Africa, even though the vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective and relatively cheap. There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, which is largely transmitted by mosquitoes.