37 new cases of Lassa fever confirmed across Nigeria - NCDC

37 new cases of Lassa fever confirmed across Nigeria - NCDC

- The NCDC says between February 4 and February 10, 37 new cases of Lassa fever were recorded in the country

- Three new health workers were also affected in Benue, Bauchi and Rivers states in the recent outbreak

- The multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, February 20 confirmed 37 new cases of Lassa fever recorded between February 4 and February 10.

The chief executive officer of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known in a statement released in Abuja, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that Ihekweazu said that from January 1 to February 10, 2019, out of a total of 947 suspected cases reported from 20 states and the FCT, 324 were confirmed positive, three probable and 620 negative.

He added that since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there had been 69 deaths from the confirmed cases, bringing the fatality rate to 21.3 percent.

The CEO said that Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo and Kebbi states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 54 local government areas.

He also confirmed that three new health workers were affected in Benue, Bauchi and Rivers states in the recent outbreak.

Ihekweazu said that a total of 12 healthcare workers had so far been affected since the onset of the outbreak in seven states namely, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi , Rivers, Bauchi and Benue and Enugu, which recorded one death.

He said that a total of 3,746 people, who were suspected of having contact with infected persons, had been identified across 18 states.

According to him, 2,658 of the suspected contacts are being followed up, while the remaining 1,045 have completed the mandatory 21 days of follow up to ensure they show no symptoms.

“National Lassa fever multi-partner and the multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels,” Ihekweazu said.

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the NCDC on Sunday, February 10, said that there were 68 new Lassa fever cases, 14 deaths in 13 states across the country and unconfirmed 77 yellow fever situations so far in 2019.

The cases of death were said to have happened in Oyo, Delta, Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Edo, and Ondo states.

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