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Lassa Fever: Nigeria records one death, six new cases

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NIGERIA has recorded six new confirmed cases of Lassa fever, including one death, in the last seven days.

  According to information obtained from the latest epidemiological report by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), today, the positive cases of the disease were reported in Ondo (five) and Bauchi (one) states, while the death was in Ondo State.

  Explaining that these bring the total number of confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the country to 929 cases, while the number of deaths increased to 172, NCDC said since the beginning of the year, 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas, with 71 per cent of the total disease burden in three states: Ondo (32 per cent), Edo (26 per cent), and Bauchi (13 per cent).

  “Cumulatively from Week One to Week 38, 2022: 172 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.5 per cent, which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.0 per cent). The predominant age group affected is 21 to 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 affected in the reporting Week 38. National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels,” the report reads.

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