Lassa fever cases in Nigeria have surged to 857 confirmed cases, with a death toll of 164 since January, 2022.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) published this in its latest report on the Lassa fever outbreak.
According to the NCDC, the cases were distributed across 24 states and 99 local government areas in Nigeria. It added that 54 healthcare workers had been infected with the disease.
“A breakdown indicated that of all confirmed cases, Ondo has 30 per cent Edo, 26 per cent and Bauchi 14 per cent states.
“In week 29, the number of new confirmed cases increased from five in week 28, 2022 to cases. These were reported from Edo and Ondo States.
“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 29, 2022, 164 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 19.1 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021, 23.7 per cent.” The statement added.