The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said there is no specific treatment available for the dengue fever.
It, therefore, urged Nigerians, especially people living in Sokoto, to take preventive measures against the virus.
The NCDC had on Saturday confirmed the outbreak of dengue fever in Sokoto State.
“Available data shows that prevention and control of dengue virus infection depend on vector control. There is no specific treatment for dengue, however, early detection and prompt initiation of supportive treatment have been shown to significantly reduce death,” the NCDC said on its website.
Dengue fever is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus and transmitted to humans through the infected mosquito’s bite. Human-to-human transmission of the virus has not been established.
The public health institute said most people with dengue fever have mild or no symptoms and will get better in one to two weeks.
“Rarely, dengue can be severe and lead to death. If symptoms occur, they usually begin four to 10 days after infection and last for two to seven days.
“Symptoms may include high fever (40°C/104°F), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, and rash. Individuals who are infected for the second time are at greater risk of severe dengue fever,” it added.