The Edo State Government of Nigeria said on Wednesday nine persons were killed by yellow fever in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on a Benin radio station.
He also confirmed that 10 local government areas had been affected by the disease so far.
He said, “Already, nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported.”
According to Osifo, seven persons who tested positive for yellow fever could not make it to hospital before they died.
The commissioner, who did not name those who died in the affected local government areas, however said the victims were between 14 and 20 years.
He said, “We have recorded nine cases of yellow fever. The disease has spread to 10 LGAs out of the 18 LGAs in Edo State.
“Late arrival is the problem we have. We have informed the Minister of Health.”
Osifo said the Federal Ministry of Health had promised to provide more vaccines, while health workers had been directed to adequately respond to suspected yellow fever cases.
He urged residents of the state, particularly rural dwellers and farmers to embrace sanitary practices and be properly kitted whenever going to their farms to prevent the disease from affecting them.