Lassa fever kills 103 in 16 states

Lassa fever kills 103 in 16 states


103 people drawn from 16 states in the country have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed this on Wednesday in a statement in which it gave the affected states as Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina.

A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent.

26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country.

Parts of the NCDC’s report read;

“Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (21.1 per cent).

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (range: <1 to 78 years, median age: 33 years). The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:1.2.

“The number of suspected cases has significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019.”

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