24 Jan. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Nigerian authorities have raised this Tuesday to about 40 the total deaths due to the diphtheria outbreak, which especially affects the state of Kano (north) and has so far left more than 120 cases.
Prescilia Ibekwe, director of Special Affairs of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has indicated that so far 123 infections have been detected, including 38 deaths, according to the Nigerian newspaper ‘Vanguard’.
Thus, he has stated that a total of one hundred cases have been confirmed in Kano, where there have been 32 deaths. “In Lagos there are five cases, with three deaths; in Yobe there are 17 cases, with three deaths; and in Osun there is one case, with no deaths,” he specified.
The NCDC last week issued an alert for the diphtheria outbreak and published a series of recommendations, including a request to families to “ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against diphtheria with three doses of the pentavalent vaccine.”
Diphtheria is an infection caused by the bacterium corynebacterium diphtheriae, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) through its website, where it details that “sometimes the toxin passes into the bloodstream and causes complications such as inflammation and injury to the myocardium, inflammation of the nerves, kidney problems or bleeding disorders due to a drop in the level of platelets”.