57 Lassa Fever Deaths Recorded from 281 Confirmed Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that since the onset of the 2019 outbreak of Lassa Fever, the country has recorded 57 deaths in 281 confirmed cases with case fatality rate of 20.7 per cent in 19 states.

The 19 affected states, according to NCDC are, Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa and Gombe.

Others are, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Oyo, adding that each of the states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 51 Local Government Areas.
According to the centre’s national situation report on Lassa Fever, from January 28 to February 03, 2019, 68 new confirmed cases were reported from Edo, 20; Ondo, 22; Ebonyi, 7; Bauchi, 4; Plateau, 4; Nasarawa, 1; Taraba, 3; Benue, 1; Kaduna, 1; Kwara, 1; Oyo, 2; Delta, 1, and Rivers 1. The report also revealed that there were 14 new deaths in Edo, 2; Ondo, 1; Rivers, 1; Plateau, 2; Oyo, 1; Ebonyi, 4; Enugu, 1; Taraba, 1 and Nasarawa, 1.
The centre informed that from February 1st to 3rd, 2019, a total of 731 suspected cases were reported from 19 states, of which 275 were confirmed positive, three probable and 453 negative (not a case).
It also said that four new healthcare workers were affected in Edo State, adding that a total of nine healthcare workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in four states namely, Ebonyi, 1; Ondo, 2; Enugu 1 and Edo 5 with one death in Enugu.
“98 patients are currently being managed at several hospitals namely, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) Treatment Centre, 42; Federal Medical Centre, Owo, 25; Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki, 8; Bauchi, 5; Plateau, 7 and others 11 States.
“A total of 2791 contacts have been identified from nine states, of these, 2,080 (74.5 per cent) are currently being followed up, and 647 (23.2 per cent) have completed 21 days follow up; 23 (0.8.1 per cent) symptomatic contacts have been identified, of which 13 (0.4 per cent) have tested positive.
“Multi-sectoral one-health national rapid response team (NCDC, NFELTP, Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Federal Ministry of Environment) has been deployed to Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Plateau and Bauchi,” NCDC explained.

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