57 Die, 275 Confirmed Cases over lassa fever, Says NCDC Boss

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Abuja – Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Friday revealed that since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there have been 57 deaths in confirmed cases of Lassa Fever which brings the fatality rate in confirmed cases to 20.7 per cent.

He added that about 731 suspected cases of Lassa Fever have been reported out of which 275 were confirmed positive and 453 negative.

He made this revelation in the national situation report on Lassa fever issued as at 3rd February 2019, in Abuja.

According to him, “From 1st to 3rd February 2019, a total of 731 suspected cases have been reported from 19 States. Of these, 275 were confirmed positive, 3 probable and 453 negative (not a case).

“In the reporting Week 05 (January 28 – February 03, 2019) 68 new confirmed cases were reported from Edo (20), Ondo (22), Ebonyi (7), Bauchi (4), Plateau (4), (1), Taraba (3), Benue (1), Kaduna (1), Kwara (1), Oyo (2), Delta (1), and Rivers (1) States.

“14 new deaths in Edo (2), Ondo (1), Rivers (1), Plateau (2), Oyo (1), Ebonyi (4), Enugu (1), Taraba (1) and Nasarawa (1) States”, he noted.

The NCDC boss however noted that, 19 States (Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Oyo) have recorded at least one confirmed case across 51 Local Government Areas (see map on the report).

In the reporting week 05, four new healthcare workers were affected in Edo State. A total of nine healthcare workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in 4 States – Ebonyi (1), Ondo (2), Enugu (1) and Edo (5) with one death in Enugu.

According to him, 98 patients are currently being managed at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) treatment Centre (42), Federal Medical Centre Owo (25), Federal Teaching Hospital Abakiliki (8), Bauchi (5), Plateau (7) and others (11) States.

Stressing that, a total of 2791 contacts have been identified from 9 States. Of these 2,080 (74.5 per cent) are currently being followed up, and 647 (23.2 per cent) have completed 21 days follow up. 23(0.8.1 per cent) symptomatic contacts have been identified, of which 13 (0.4 per cent have tested positive

Multi-sectoral one-health national rapid response team (NCDC, NFELTP, Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Federal Ministry of Environment) deployed to Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Plateau and Bauchi

High level advocacy visit by the Director General and WHO NCDC to Plateau State Governor

National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

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