Lassa fever kills 42 persons, 538 others at risk

Lassa fever claims 2 lives in Ebonyi, 10 other cases recorded

At least 42 persons are said to have been killed by a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever within the first 27 days of the year.

A report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, confirmed the report of another 538 cases in 16 states across the country.

The 16 states that have recorded at least one confirmed cases are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa and Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers Kogi and Enugu.

Of the 538 reported cases, 213 tested positive, two were classified as probable and 325 negative.

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77 new confirmed cases were reported from Edo(24), Ondo(28),Ebonyi(5), Bauchi(3), Plateau(5),Taraba(3), Gombe(1),Kaduna(1), Kwara(1), FCT(1), Benue(2), Rivers(1) Kogi(1) and Enugu(1).

Within the days under review, four health workers have been affected while a total of 102 patients are currently being managed at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) treatment Centre in Edo State (34) ; Federal Medical Centre, Owo,Ondo State (40); Bauchi (5); Plateau(8); Taraba(3); Ebonyi(6); and others(6) States.

The NCDC put the fatality rate at 19.7%.

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