Sixteen people were confirmed dead after a yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria's southeastern Ebonyi state, a local official said on Friday.
The outbreak in Ebonyi since July 15 has been recorded in only one rural community, said Chris Achi, a permanent secretary of health in the state.
Achi said health experts, including the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, have intervened over the past two weeks, aiming to end the yellow epidemic.
The official said that among the steps taken so far by local health officials to slow the spread of the outbreak include adequate sensitization of the people that such a disease is not being treated in herbal homes but in hospitals.
Most of the victims, he noted, were treating the disease at grassy homes, saying that it had spread rapidly.
"It's also good for people to notice what's happening around them, because the disease could be difficult to reduce if it spread to the city centers," he said.
Yellow fever is mostly caused by a type of mosquito called "Aedes Aepyti" found in the tropics and sub-tropics. It is transmitted from human to human by mosquitoes, although there are also forest monkeys that transmit it.
Achi said the disease often manifests fever, typhoid, among other symptoms and if not detected in a timely manner, will affect the blood and the victims will experience kidney failure and possible coma.