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Yellow Fever kills 17 in Bauchi State



Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency has said one more patient of yellow fever has died in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, made this known at a news conference in Bauchi, where he said that the additional death brought to 17 deaths out of the 20 yellow fever cases recently recorded in 11 local government areas of the state.

Mohammed said 13 out of the dead were recorded in Alkaleri Local Government; one in Bauchi, one in Dass, one in Darazo and one in Ningi Local Council of the state.

The other local council areas affected are Gamawa, Jamare, Kirfi, Tafawa Balewa, Torro and Warji.

The outbreak of yellow fever occurred on August 29 in Alkaleri Local Council of the state.

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the agency and Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV, Malaria, Leprosy and Tuberculosis (BACATMA) have commenced fumigation in Alkaleri Local Government.

During the fumigation in Alkaleri yesterday, the state Commissioner for Health, Hawal Jatau, said that the exercise was necessary due to additional cases recorded in the area.