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NCDC confirms additional 13 new cases of Lassa fever

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed 13 additional new cases of Lassa fever in seven days from five states, which were; Ondo, Edo, Kogi, Ebonyi and Imo.

The NCDC in its epidemiological report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Monday, said that, since the beginning of 2022, 70 per cent of infections had come from three states: Ondo (31 per cent), Edo (26 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent).

NAN reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus. People usually become infected with the Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faeces of infected rats – present in several West African countries where the disease is endemic.

The virus could also be spread through infected bodily fluids.

The public health agency said that the country had recorded 165 deaths in 17 states.

“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 31, 2022, 165 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.8 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.1 per cent).

“In total for 2022, 25 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 100 Local Government Areas.

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