The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its weekly report says the death toll from Lassa fever has risen to 93 across the country.
It stated in the report that 1,374 suspected cases and 93 deaths were reported across 21 states, including the Federal Capital Territory as of March 3, 2019.
Thirty-nine newly confirmed cases were reported from six states with eight new deaths in Edo, Ondo, and Kogi states, between February 25 and March 3, 2019.
The Director-General of the Centre, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, expressed worries over the increasing figure.
He said “From January 1 to March 3, 2019, a total of 1,374 suspected cases have been reported in the country out of which 420 were confirmed positive, 15 probable and 939 negatives.
“Since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there have been 93 deaths in confirmed cases. This makes the case fatality ratio in confirmed cases to 22.1 per cent,” the NCDC said.
Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo, Kebbi and Cross River have recorded at least one confirmed case.
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