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Lassa fever kills seven, Edo urges vigilance

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 105 confirmed Lassa fever cases and seven deaths in 2023.

This is according to the week two Lassa fever situation report obtained from the NCDC’s website on Tuesday.

The cases were confirmed from 30 local government areas and 10 states in the country.

The situation report from January 9 to 15, 2023, showed that there were 369 suspected cases.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses.

According to the World Health Organisation, Lassa fever is known to be endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Nigeria, but probably exists in other West African countries as well.

The report read in part, “In week 2, the number of new confirmed cases increased from 30 in week one 2023 to 77 cases.

These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Oyo and Nasarawa States.

“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 2, 2023, seven deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate of 7.8 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2022 (11.5 per cent).

“In total for 2023, 10 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 30 local government areas.

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