Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 101

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Lassa fever has killed 101 persons in the country since the year began, according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In its situation report of April 8, the agency said 408 cases of the disease had been confirmed from 20 states, where the disease has been active.
According to the agency, Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi lead with the highest reported cases with the rest state being Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC epidemiological report for week 14 since the disease started shows that 408 cases have been classified as confirmed and nine probable cases, including 101 deaths.
It reported that 4,480 contacts have been identified via contact tracing of people who had got in contact with confirmed cases, from the 20 Lassa fever active states.
This year, the country is witnessing the largest outbreak ever of the disease since it was first discovered in Nigeria in 1969.
However, NCDC’s epidemiological chart for this week indicates that there has been a steady decline compared to when it started, though there are still pocket outbreaks across the country.


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