The Edo State Government has urged residents of the state to support its efforts to battle yellow fever outbreak in the state through vaccination in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, on Wednesday, the state government said nine cases had been reported in Ekpoma, Ehor and Igieduma.
He said a combined team of experts drawn from the WHO and CDC are working with the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and the Edo State Epidemiology Team to contain the disease.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr Aanu Fakunle, said primary health care centres in the state had been repositioned to respond.
She said, “Other measures include good sanitation, as the virus is spread by mosquitoes. So, we encourage people to keep their environment clean by cutting the bushes, draining our gutters, wash their hands and maintain good hygiene.”
She said some of the symptoms of the virus are fever, chills, muscle ache, nose bleeding, diarrhoea. Fakunle added, “Blood samples are then sent to a WHO reference laboratory for confirmation after initial suspicion.”
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