Lassa Fever: Nigeria’s death toll reaches 176 – NCDC


176 have died from the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has shown.

The NCDC, on Thursday, said since the onset of the 2020 Lassa fever outbreak, the country has recorded 932 confirmed cases and 176 deaths.

Last week, the total number of deaths was 161, meaning 15 people died from the disease within the last week.

NCDC said for reporting week 12, the number of newly confirmed cases decreased from 51 cases in week 11, to 28 cases.

The new cases were reported from 12 states – Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, FCT, Benue and Gombe.

Lassa Fever is a hemorrhagic disease transmitted by a vector called multimammate rat.

The virus is transmitted from the excreta or urine of the vector to humans, and from humans to humans.

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