The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC says bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in seven states.
NCDC director-general, Chikwe Ihekweazu said during an interview, on Tuesday in Abuja, that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states have confirmed human cases of avian influenza H5N1 also called Bird Flu. Seven cases have been reported among humans in two states – Kano four and Plateau three.
The avian influenza is a strain of virus that infects birds, but can also infect human beings. Symptoms begin within two to eight days and are like the common flu. Cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and shortness of breath may occur.
This type of flu is most often contracted by contact with sick birds, and can also be passed from person to person spreading by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).
The NCDC boss said official notification about the outbreak had been conveyed to the World Health Organization (WHO) as required by the International Health Regulations (IHR). He also said an official report had also been sent to the authorities at both the federal level and the affected states.
Oyo State: Two Persons Die Of COVID-19 Delta Variant
Two persons have been reported killed in Oyo State after been infected with the deadly COVID-19 Delta variant.
The state incident manager and coordinator of the emergency operations centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo said one other person is in state isolation facility and receiving medical attention.
Oyo state government announced on Sunday it had found the Delta strain of the coronavirus which entered into the state through movement of people travelling around the world.
W.H.O. said this variant first detected in India and now in at least 90 countries, has high transmission, and increase severity of infection.
Authorities in the state said they have begun contact tracing and urged the general public to take extra caution.
Oyo State Confirms COVID-19 Delta Variant
Oyo State task force on COVID-19 says the deadly delta variant has now been detected in Oyo. The state incident manager and coordinator of the emergency operations centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, notified the public in a statement on Sunday asking the general public to take extra caution. The delta strain has been associated with high transmission, increase severity of infection and outcomes.
Last week Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had said on Thursday, the coronavirus delta variant first discovered in India has been confirmed in Nigeria, in a traveller, following the routine travel test made compulsory for all international travellers.
In a latest data released today Monday, NCDC says 12 new COVID-19 cases have been reported from 3 states- Akwa Ibom (6), Ogun (4), and Rivers 2 cases, bringing the total number of persons who have tested positive in the country to 168,552 and 2,124 deaths.
The variant, has already been detected in more than 90 countries, and is expected to spread to others.
Oyo COVID-19 task force has warned residents of the state to continue complying all advisories at curtailing the spread of the virus.
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