Lassa fever Kills Two, Infects 222 in One Week, Says NCDC

Posted on: Mon 17-01-2022

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said it recorded 222 new Lassa fever cases and two new deaths in one week across 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC disclosed this in its weekly situation report made available to The NAN on Sunday. According to the report, 69 persons are currently undergoing treatment in treatment centres.

“There is an increase in the number of recorded confirmed cases of Lassa fever across Nigeria,” it said. The NCDC said in the week under review, “the number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021”.

“The predominant group affected is 31-40 years. The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.9. One new health worker affected from Benue state in the reporting week,” it added.

The disease control centre said 379 cases were currently undergoing follow-up while seven cases were lost to followup. According to the report, two deaths were reported from Benue and Taraba.

It said 51 new cases were recorded in Bauchi; 76 in Edo; 46 in Ondo; three in Benue; nine in Taraba; 11 in Kaduna; six in Plateau; three in Kogi; one in Cross River; four in Ebonyi; two in Gombe; one in Katsina; four in the Federal Capital Territory FCT; two in Nasarawa; one in Rivers; and two in Enugu.

The NCDC added that it had “deployed national response teams to Nasarawa and FCT, distributed response commodities to states and treatment centres, and implementation of Lassa fever environmental response campaign in high burden states by the Federal Ministry of Environment”.