Lassa fever: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCD records 411 cases, 72 deaths in 6 weeks

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCDC, has said that it registered 411 confirmed cases and 72 deaths from Lassa fever across 21 states of the federation from week one to week six of 2024.

The NCDC said this on its official website on Thursday, stating that the number of new confirmed cases increased from 70 in week five to 83 in week six, with nine deaths recorded in week six, spanning February 5 to February. 11.

The agency said 65 percent of all the confirmed cases were from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 35 percent were reported from 17 states.

According to the agency, the number of suspected cases in 2024 (2,122) decreased when compared to the figure reported for the same period in 2023 (8,280).

It said the predominant age group affected by Lassa fever was 21-30 years, and two new health workers were affected in the reporting week.

The NCDC said the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System had been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

The agency also listed some of the challenges it faced in its fight against Lassa fever across the country to include late presentation of the cases and poor health-seeking behaviour due to the high cost of treatment and clinical management.

Other challenges, it said, were poor environmental sanitation and poor awareness observed in high-burden communities.

DAILY POST reports that Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic (excessive bleeding) illness that is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by infected rodents or contaminated persons.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pains, chest pain, and in severe cases, unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and other parts of the body..…CONTINUE FULL READING>>> 

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