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16 States Record 103 Deaths From Lassa Fever

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said 103 people have died of Lassa fever since its outbreak on December 30, 2019.

The 16 states are: Abia, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba.

Meanwhile, the Centre said the number of confirmed cases this year stands at 586.

According to the report released in Abuja, Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo at 32 per cent, and Ebonyi at six per cent.

In total for this year, 26 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 local government areas.

The report said: “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (21.1 per cent).

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (range: <1 to 78 years, median age: 33 years). The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:1.2.

“The number of suspected cases has significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019.”

The report disclosed that two new healthcare workers were affected in Bauchi and Katsina states in reporting week 07.

The commission said the confirmed index had contact with 63 people since his arrival in Lagos from Ebonyi.


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