Lassa fever: Death toll hits 93 in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said the death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak in 2019 has increased to 93 in the country.

In its weekly situation report, the NCDC stated that 1,374 suspected cases and 93 deaths were reported across 21 states, including the Federal Capital Territory as of March 3, 2019.

Between February 25 and March 3, 2019, 39 newly confirmed cases were reported from six states with eight new deaths in Edo, Ondo, and Kogi states.

The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said there had been a rise in the number of new cases this week compared to the last four weeks.

This is coming a week after Ihekweazu said there had been a decline compared to the 2018 outbreak.

“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.

The 21 states which had recorded at least one confirmed case are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo, Kebbi and Cross River.
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