Lassa Fever Kills 85 in Ondo, Edo, others within Six Weeks – NCDC

Lassa fever patients

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said it has recorded 85 deaths and 531 confirmed cases of Lassa fever across 79 local government areas of 20 States in the country.

NCDC, which disclosed this on Monday in its Lassa Fever Situation Report for epi week six, said 74  per cent of all confirmed cases were reported from three States.

The states according to the report are Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi, adding that 26 per cent were reported from six states with confirmed cases.

“Of the 74 percent confirmed cases, Ondo reported 36 percent, Edo 31 percent and Bauchi seven per cent.

“In week six, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 106 in week five 2023 to 68 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, Taraba, Ebonyi, Gombe, Benue, Nasarawa, and Plateau States.

“Cumulatively from week one to week six, 2023, 85 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 16.0 percent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2022 (16.5 percent).

“In total for 2023, 20 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 79 LGAs,” the report stated.

It also revealed that four new healthcare workers were affected in the reporting week six.

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