Lassa fever:14 more die, 68 new cases confirmed

Fourteen  more persons have been killed by  Lassa fever  in nine states,  the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control  said on Friday.

The centre  said  they died  between January 28 and February 3 in  Edo, Ondo, Rivers, Plateau, Oyo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Taraba and Nasarawa states.

Last week, the  centre  confirmed  77  cases  of the disease in 13 states and  the Federal Capital Territory, with 11 of those affected dead.

In its latest report, the  NCDC noted that  68 new cases  had been  confirmed in Edo (20), Ondo (22), Ebonyi (7), Bauchi (4), Plateau (4), Nasarawa (1), Taraba (3), Benue (1), Kaduna (1), Kwara (1), Oyo (2), Delta (1) and Rivers (1). It added that between January 1 and February 3,  a total of 731 suspected cases had been reported from 19 states, out of which 275 cases were confirmed positive, three confirmed as probable and 453 cases confirmed to be negative.

Among the victims were health workers.

The NCDC said, “Four new health care workers were affected in Edo State. A total of nine health care workers have been affected since the outbreak in  Ebonyi, Ondo, Enugu and Edo states,  with one death in Enugu. Ninety eight  patients are  being managed at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Treatment Centre (42), Federal Medical Centre Owo (25), Federal Teaching Hospital Abakiliki (8) , Bauchi (5), Plateau (7) and others states.

“A total of 2,791 contacts have been identified from nine states. Of these number, 2,080 are being followed up and 647 have completed 21 days follow-up. Twenty three symptomatic contacts have been identified, of which 13 have tested positive.”
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