Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCDC has confirmed the death of 150 persons from Lassa fever between January and March 2024 in 125 Local Government Areas in 27 states of the federation.

The NCDC in its Lassa Fever Situation Report for the 25 to the 31st of March 2024 disclosed that the deaths were reported with a case fatality rate of 18.6 percent which is higher than the figure 17.5 percent reported for the same period in 2023.

The agency said out of a total of 5,295 suspected cases reported, 806 were confirmed in week 13 with the number of confirmed cases decreasing from 25 in week 12 2024 to 15.

27 States have recorded at least one confirmed case in 2024 across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchistates, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

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Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent with 31 to 34 years as the predominant age group affected.

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre.

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