NCDC CALLS FOR VIGILANCE AS LAGOS, 3 OTHER STATES RECORD CASES OF DIPHTHERIA.

Written by on January 20, 2023

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says it is responding to reports of diphtheria cases in Lagos and Kano States and is monitoring the situation in Osun and Yobe States where cases are now being picked up.

A statement this Friday by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, explained in addition to clinically suspected cases, there have been laboratory-confirmed cases.

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affect the nose, throat and sometimes, skin of an individual.

Transmission of Diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people; droplets from coughing or sneezing; contact with contaminated clothing and objects. People most at risk of contracting diphtheria include children and adults who have not received any or a single dose of the pentavalent vaccine (a diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine).
Calling for vigilance and maintenance of a high index of suspicion for diphtheria symptoms by health workers, the NCDC urges parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria as recommended in the childhood immunisation schedule.
It confirmed that the Agency is working with State Ministries of Health and partners to enhance surveillance and response to the outbreak while informing the public to stay safe at home and in their communities.

The disease is preventable through immunization as recommended by the Nigeria childhood immunisation schedule of three doses of pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine) for children in the 6th-, 10th- and 14th -week of life.


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