The Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ikechukwu Obi, says about 15 per cent of people bitten by mosquito are bound to be infected with yellow fever that may become toxic.
The commissioner said this on Saturday in Enugu during the fumigation and vaccination against yellow fever in two affected communities.
Two communities — Ette-uno and Umuopu — both in Igboeze North Local Government Area, were recently affected by yellow fever.
Obi stressed that fumigation and vaccination remained the most effective preventive measures against the disease.
He urged mothers to ensure complete rounds of immunisation of their children, including yellow fever vaccination, at ninth month of birth.
“Yellow fever vaccination is currently going on in Igboeze North Local Area Council,” he said.
Also speaking, the Enugu State Fire Officer, Mr Okwudili Ohaa, said that one of the mandates of his agency was to disinfect the communities and their environs.
He said that the prevalence of the mosquito, which was the vector of the disease, would be reduced through fumigation.
Earlier, Mr Ejike Itodo, the Chairman of Igboeze North Local Government Council, commended the state government for its quick response to the health problem.
Itodo advised the public to continue to abide by the protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to contain the outbreak of epidemics in the area.