Nigeria: Public health advisory issued over diphtheria outbreak
news desk Laugh
Nigerian health officials issued a public health alert last week about an outbreak of diphtheria in several states.
In addition, cases have been reported in Lagos, Osun and Yobe states.
Diphtheria is a serious infection caused by a strain of bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae that make poison (poison). The infection can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, kidney failure, paralysis, and even death.
Signs and symptoms usually begin 2-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms of diphtheria include: fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, red eyes (conjunctivitis), neck swelling and, in severe cases, a thick gray or white patch on the tonsils and/or in the back of the throat, accompanied by difficulty. breathing.
The Nigeria Child Immunization Schedule recommends three (3) doses of pentavalent (diphtheria toxoid-containing) vaccine recommended for children in the 6th, 10th and 14th week of life.