Lassa Fever: NCDC Reports12 New Cases In Nigeria

Lassa Fever: NCDC Reports12 New Cases In Nigeria

Blessing Otobong-Gabriel

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCDC has recorded 12 new Lassa fever cases in one week between December 26, 2022 to January 1, 2023 in three states.

The states with the new confirmed Lassa fever cases are: Edo 9, Ebonyi 2 and Benue 1 as of January 1.

A total of 1,067 cases have been recorded in 27 states across 112 local government areas, with 189 deaths reported with a case fatality rate, CFR of 17.7 per cent.

The NCDC report showed that 72 per cent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from three states Ondo, Edo and Bauchi, while 23 per cent were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases and of the 72 per cent of confirmed cases, Ondo State reported 33 per cent, Edo 25 per cent and Bauchi 14 per cent.

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years Range: 1 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 was affected in the reporting week.

“National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group TWG continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels,” the report added.

To prevent Lassa fever, the NCDC urged individuals and communities to promote good hygiene to discourage rodents from entering homes.

Other measures include storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, and maintaining clean households.

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