The Ebonyi Government has confirmed the death of 16 persons from a yellow fever outbreak in the state.

Permanent Secretary Designate of the State Ministry of Health, Chris Achi, who confirmed the development to newsmen on Friday in Abakaliki, stated that the outbreak occurred in Ndungele community of Izzi Local Government Area of the state.

Achi said that outbreak occurred since July 15, but was not reported early to the health ministry leading to the death of 16 persons before the ministry’s intervention.

The permanent secretary said the victims were also taken to the South East Virology Centre in Abakaliki where the samples taken further proved that they died as a result of yellow fever.

He also spoke on some of the steps so far taken by officials of the state government to stem the spread of the outbreak.

He noted that the people had been sensitised on preventive measures about the disease which is caused by a type of mosquitoes called `Aedes Aepyti’ found in the tropics and sub-tropics.