Four confirmed dead in Yobe measles outbreak

The Yobe State Government recorded 361 cases of measles from January till date.

Four people have died in a breakout of measles in 14 local government areas of Yobe State.

The Yobe State Government said it recorded 361 cases of measles with four deaths in 14 out of the 17 local government areas in the state from January till date.

This is contained in a statement signed by Musa Alaraba, the Press Secretary to Yobe Deputy Governor, in Damaturu on Friday.

The deaths were recorded in Nangere Local Government.

Mr. Alaraba said that Potiskum recorded 87 cases; Tarmuwa, 37; Nangere, 33; Bursari, 30; Jakusko, 29; Bade, 27; Fika, 25; Fune, 2;, Gulani,22; Nguru, 20; Karasuwa,12; Giedam, 8; Yusufari, 6; and Damaturu, 1.

He said in the statement that 357 children were treated and discharged, while four died out of the 33 cases recorded in Nangere Local Government.

The statement described reports that 87 children died in Potiskum as misleading.

“The figure represents total number of cases recorded in Potiskum and there was no single death in Potiskum, all the victims were treated and discharged,’’ it said.

The statement further stated that the Yobe State Ministry of Health introduced integrated measles campaign alongside the routine immunisation.

“As a deliberate policy, the ministry took advantage of the routine Immunisation Plus Days to administer measles’ vaccines to children who missed the initial immunisation.

“A surveillance network had also been introduced in all the17 Local Governments for early disease detection and quick response,” it added.


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