‘160 Million Nigerians At Risk Of Yellow Fever’
About 160 million Nigerians are currently in danger of contracting the Yellow Fever disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
WHO said the number represents almost 25% of all Africans at risk of the disease.
It established that the nation had immunized around 45 million people against the disease during the last two years of the Coronavirus pandemic, which is about twice as many as during the epidemic’s raging outbreak.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) provided the estimated vaccination figure at the time of filming two films for the WHO Africa region’s Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy, according to a recent publication on the organisation’s website.
The EYE Strategy, a collaboration between the WHO, UNICEF, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, was established in response to Yellow Fever and designated Nigeria as a high-risk nation.
The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is a very rare cause of illness in U.S. travelers.
Illness ranges from a fever with aches and pains to severe liver disease with bleeding and yellowing skin (jaundice). Yellow fever infection is diagnosed based on laboratory testing, a person’s symptoms, and travel history.
There is no medicine to treat or cure infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.