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NCDC confirms 105 Lassa fever cases in 10 states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 105 confirmed Lassa fever cases and seven deaths in the first two weeks in 2023.

This is according to the Week Two Lassa Fever Situation Report obtained from the NCDC’s website.

The cases were confirmed from across 30 local government areas and 10 states in the country.

The situation report from January 9 to 15, 2023, showed that there were 369 suspected cases.

The report showed that 41 cases were recorded in Edo, Ondo -39, Bauchi -8, Ebonyi -6, Benue -4, Plateau -2, Nasarawa -2, Oyo -1, Kogi -1, and Imo -1.

The report reads in part, “Cumulatively from week 1 to week 2, 2023, 7 deaths have been reported with CFR of 7.8 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2022 (11.5 per cent).

“In total for 2023, 10 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 30 Local
Government Areas.

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“Eighty-four per cent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from these three states -Ondo, Edo and Bauchi, while 16 per cent were reported from seven states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

“Of the 84 per cent of confirmed cases, Edo State reported 39 per cent, Ondo 37 per cent, and Bauchi eight per cent.

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: one to 79 years, Median Age: 31 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.7.

“The number of suspected cases decreased compared to that reported for the same period in 2022.

“No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week.

“National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group continues
to coordinate the response activities at all levels.”

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