Sunday, October 17, 2021

Lassa fever kills 77 in Edo, Ondo, others, 356 hospitalised

THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said that 77 persons have so far died of Lassa fever nationwide this year.

It added that no fewer than 356 persons were currently undergoing treatment for the same disease.

The NCDC disclosed this in its latest Lassa fever’s situation report made available to our correspondent on Monday.

An analysis of the report indicated that a total of 3,208 suspected cases had been reported since the beginning of the year.

The report revealed that six health workers were infected.

Further analysis also revealed that in total for 2021, 14 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 60 local government areas.

Of all confirmed cases, 84% are from three states -Edo (45%), Ondo (34%) and Taraba (5%).

The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 1 to 70 years, Median age: 29 years).

The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1: 0.8.

States with respected number of cases are hereby listed; Edo 1,965; Ondo-709; Taraba 66; Ebonyi 117; Bauchi 65; Plateau 26; Benue 24; Kaduna 42; Enugu 14; Nasarawa 10; and Kogi 113.

Others are Cross River 3; Delta 37; Abia 81; Kwara 2; Bayelsa 2; Katsina 1; Niger 1; Ogun 3; Oyo 2; Rivers 9; Zamfara 1; Jigawa 8; Adamawa 7; Gombe 9; Lagos 13; Kano 9; Ekiti 3; Yobe 4; FCT 8; Imo 7; Kebbi 2, Borno 2; Anambra 5; and Osun 2.

 

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