Lassa fever: 26 states record 975 cases

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The number of Lassa fever confirmed cases has increased to 975 as of November 6, 2022, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Lassa fever outbreak has also killed 177 people in the country so far in the year.

The Situation Report for week 44 obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday showed that the cases were reported in 26 states across 106 Local Government Areas.

The NCDC noted that of all confirmed cases, 71 per cent are from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi states.

The PUNCH reports that Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever and an acute viral illness. This zoonotic disease has a high morbidity and mortality rate, as well as economic and health security implications.

The report read in part “In week 44, the number of new confirmed cases increased from 10 in week 43, 2022 to 17 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Benue, Kogi and Oyo States.

“Cumulatively from week one to week 44, 2022, 177 deaths have been reported with a case  fatality rate of 18.2 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (21.7 per cent).

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“In total for 2022, 26 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 106 Local Government Areas.

“Of all confirmed cases, 71 per cent are from Ondo (33 per cent), Edo (25 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent) states.

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8.

“The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.

“No new Healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 44.

“National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels.”