Lassa Fever: 11 More Killed As Death Toll Reaches 132

Lassa Fever: 11 More Killed As Death Toll Reaches 132

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said 11 new deaths have been recorded in the fresh outbreak of the deadly Lassa Fever in the country.

The agency in its weekly situation update, disclosed that the new deaths were recorded between February 24 and March 1, bringing the total number of deaths to 132.

According to the agency, the number of new confirmed cases within the period dropped from 102 cases that was recorded in week eight to 85 cases.

“In week 09, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 102 cases in week 08, 2020 to 85 cases,” it said.

“These were reported from 9 states; Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Taraba and Kebbi.

“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 09, 2020, 132 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.0% which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (22.1%).”

The agency added that a total of 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 118 local government areas.

“Of all confirmed cases, 73% are from Edo (34%), Ondo (32%) and Ebonyi (7%) states,” it said.

“One new health care worker was affected in Edo state in the reporting week 09.”

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