At least 16 persons have died in an outbreak of yellow fever in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
A statement by the state health ministry added that several other patients are receiving treatment at the Virology Centre and Iboko General Hospital in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki today, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Chris Achi said the virus was first detected in the local government in July and efforts have since been on to avoid further spread.
He said the Federal Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control have also intervened.
While blaming the death of the 16 persons to patronage of quacks and use of herbs to treat the disease, he said the government is doing much to ensure that it does not spread to the capital city, Abakaliki.