Lassa Fever: 47 Dead Across 23 States
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Lassa Fever: 47 Dead Across 23 States

Esegbe Benedict

Nigeria has recently registered an increase in the number of Lassa Fever cases since the beginning of 2020, with 365 positive cases and 47 death reported from 23 states across the country.

The situation report released for week 5 by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, indicated that there are 23 states reporting the case of the disease up from 19 from the previous week.

The affected states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi, Nasarrawa, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Adamawa, Cross river, Delta, Osun, Ogun, Abia, Taraba, Plateu, FCT, Gombe, Enugu, Kebbi, and Anambra. The three states, Ondo, Ebonyi, and Edo remain the states with the most affected cases.

However, there was a reduction in the number of new deaths (6) in the reporting week as compared to the previous week where 19 deaths were reported.

The NCDC data showed an increase in cases from 95 to 104 and these were reported from 14 states (Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kaduna, Delta, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, FCT, Enugu, Kebbi, Anambra).

One new healthcare worker was affected in Delta State. Also five health workers have been reported among the dead from the disease in the previous weeks from Kano (3), Taraba (1), and Borno (1).

Cumulatively, from the start of the year 2020, Nigeria has reported 47 deaths from the outbreak. In total,the 23 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 74 7LGAs.

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