Yellow fever activity ongoing in Nigeria

An Oct 1 WHO news release expressed concern over the ‘documented gaps in population immunity against yellow fever’ (YF) after Nigeria reported 1,312 suspected YF cases from 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the end of August – national YF vaccination coverage estimates in 2020 were 54 percent. Upsurges in YF activity were reported in 2017 but the states with highest infection rates at present are Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi and Enugu. The risk of further spread of YF is said to be high and likely to be exacerbated by loosening of pandemic restrictions. Another country to report recent yellow fever cases is Venezuela, where a NGO (Doctors Unidos de Venezuela) announced seven human cases from Carapal del Tigre and El Merey de Amana in the eastern state of Monagas, plus several cases in howler monkeys. YF vaccination coverage for infants of 12 months was estimated to be 35 percent back in 2018. Read more

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