Lassa Fever: Ondo, Edo, Bauchi worst hit as 190 Children die of Measles

Victim of Lassa Fever

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday said Ondo, Edo and Bauchi States are the worst hit with highest number of Lassa Fever cases in Nigeria this year. 

The director-general of NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

He said "On Lassa fever, there had been 909 confirmed cases and 170 deaths as at week 34, from 25 states and 101 LGAs.

“Of all confirmed cases, 70 percent are from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi States,” he said.

NCDC also said the country has recorded 18, 577 confirmed cases of measles with 190 deaths across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, said 40 local government areas had active outbreak.

Ifedayo, who was represented by the assistant director and head of response division at NCDC, Dr Aderinola Olaolu, linked the increase in the risk of measles to  the impact of COVID-19 which he said had continued to be felt across several areas including the probable increase in yellow fever outbreaks due to delayed planned vaccination campaigns.

On monkeypox, he said there were 815 suspected cases, 318 confirmed cases and seven deaths this year.

The DG said with regards to infection, prevention and control, the centre had continued to train IPC focal persons and develop IPC guidelines, adding that laboratory activities had continued and were being strengthened in areas of sample collection and genomic sequencing.

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