A case of Yellow Fever has been confirmed in Oke Owa in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
In a press statement released on Monday, the Federal Ministry of Health said the case was confirmed in a young girl from the community after a laboratory diagnosis at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital at the Institut Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal on the September 12.
Following the confirmation of the case, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the State Epidemiology Team has begun investigation into the affected area and neighbouring communities.
“A joint team from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the World Health Organisation Country Office has been deployed to support the State in carrying out a detailed investigation and risk analysis,” he said
Mr. Adewole added that an Outbreak Control Team had also been constituted to ensure rapid and coordinated decision-making.
He assured the public that all the agencies of the Federal Ministry of Health and their partners would work together to support the government of Kwara to respond in order to prevent spread.
Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected aedes mosquitoes.
The disease is preventable, the most important measure to in prevention being vaccination against the disease.