Nigeria Lassa Fever death toll hits 185


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC,  says a total of 185 have now died from the Lassa fever outbreak in the country.

This was contained in its week 13 report released on Thursday.

According to the report, Nine new deaths were reported this week and this moved the death toll from 176 recorded last to 185.

The affected states include Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and Delta

There is however a drop in the number of confirmed cases. According to the NCDC, 19 cases were reported this week compared to the 28 reported last week. These cases were reported from eight states – Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and Delta.

The report also stated that Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi, still have the highest number of cases from the outbreak. Of the confirmed cases, 72 per cent are from the three states: Edo, 32 per cent; Ondo 32, per cent, and Ebonyi eight per cent.

The five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are Edo with 309 confirmed cases and 39 deaths; Ondo, 305 confirmed cases and 43 deaths; Ebonyi with 72 cases and 15 deaths; Taraba with 55 cases and 21 deaths and Bauchi with 42 cases and 18 deaths.

Lassa Fever has become an endemic disease in Nigeria and is now being diagnosed all year round. The outbreak peaks in the dry season from November to May.


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