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Over 900 infected by measles outbreak in Jigawa, Enugu, others

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ABOUT 908 persons have so far been infected by an outbreak of measles in eight states of the federation.

  A post on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s official website, today, said the eight states affected ar; Jigawa, Katsina, Rivers, Enugu, Delta, Osun and Sokoto.

  Noting that there was an ongoing, NCDC also said 58.7 percent of confirmed cases were those that had not been vaccinated, adding that as of 2021, a total of 15,792 suspected cases were reported across 683 local government areas (LGAs) across the country.

  “So far this year, a total of 908 suspected cases have been reported in 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory.  Thirteen LGAs across eight states have recorded an outbreak of measles in 2022.   The states are Jigawa, Katsina, Rivers, Enugu, Anambra, Delta, Osun and Sokoto. There is an ongoing outbreak of suspected measles cases in Zamfara, but this is awaiting confirmation due to lack of its testing kits in the country. Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, and Anambra accounted for 55.2 percent of the 908 suspected cases reported so far. Up to 58.7 percent of the confirmed cases have not received a dose of measles vaccine,” it explained.

But NCDC stated that 100 percent of cases recorded in Jigawa, Sokoto, Enugu and Katsina were not vaccinated.

  It will be recalled that World Health Organisation (WHO) said in 2018, about 140,000 deaths from measles were recorded worldwide but majority of the deaths were registered in countries with low income and weak health facilities.

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