Lassa fever death toll rises to 119

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said a total of 119 persons have been killed in the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria.

NCDC in its report for 12th of March to 18th of March said that Lassa fever has in one week killed five more people with 11 new confirmed and 109 fresh suspected cases.

According to the body, since the start of the year, there has been a total of 1495 suspected cases with 376 confirmed positive, 9 probable, 1084 negative and 26 awaiting laboratory results.

The latest update also showed that the disease has become fatal with the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) marginally increasing from 24% to 24.7%.


The report signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/National Coordinator of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, indicated that 19 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 56 Local Government Areas (Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe, Ekiti and Kaduna).

He says: “in the reporting Week 11 (March 12-18, 2018) nine new confirmed cases were recorded from four states: Edo (two), Ondo (two), Bauchi (one), and Taraba (four) with three new deaths in confirmed cases from Taraba Edo and Ebonyi.

From 1st January to 18th March 2018, a total of 1,495 suspected cases. Of these, 376 confirmed positive, nine are probable, 1,084 are negative (not a case) and 26 are awaiting laboratory results (pending).

Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 119 deaths: 86 in positive-confirmed cases, nine in probable cases and 24 in negative cases. Case Fatality Rate in confirmed and probable cases is 24.7 per cent.”

The update noted that nine states have exited the active phase of the outbreak, 10 states remain active, no new healthcare worker was affected and 17 health care workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in six states -Ebonyi (nine), Nasarawa (one), Kogi (two), Benue (one), Ondo (one) and Edo (three) with four deaths in Ebonyi (three) and Kogi (one).

The report noted that 83% of all confirmed cases are from Edo (43%), Ondo (24%) and Ebonyi (16%) states and 38 cases are currently under treatment in treatment centres across six states (Edo (10), Ondo (8), Ebonyi (4), Bauchi (10), Taraba (5) and Plateau (1).

Also, a total of 3,675 contacts have been identified from 19 states of which 805 are currently being followed up, 2863 have completed 21 days follow up while seven were lost follow up and 23 of the 59 symptomatic contacts have tested positive from three states (Edo -12, Ondo – 7, Ebonyi -3 and Kogi -1).


Sourced from Nigerian Tribune

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