Nigeria data 37 new Lassa fever instances as demise toll rises – Premium Instances


The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) on Wednesday confirmed 37 new instances of Lassa fever recorded between February four and February 10.

The Chief Government Officer (CEO) of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this recognized on Wednesday in an announcement in Abuja.

Ihekweazu mentioned that from January 1 to February 10, 2019, out of a complete of 947 suspected instances reported from 20 states and the FCT; 324 have been confirmed constructive, three possible and 620 adverse.

He added that because the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there had been 69 deaths from the confirmed instances, bringing the fatality charge to 21.three per cent.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the demise toll as at February eight was 57.

The CEO mentioned that Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo and Kebbi states, had recorded at the very least one confirmed case throughout 54 native authorities areas.

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He additionally confirmed that three new well being staff have been affected in Benue, Bauchi and Rivers states within the latest outbreak.

Mr Ihekweazu mentioned {that a} whole of 12 healthcare staff had thus far been affected because the onset of the outbreak in seven states specifically, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi , Rivers, Bauchi and Benue and Enugu, which recorded one demise.

He mentioned {that a} whole of three,746 individuals, who have been suspected of getting contact with contaminated individuals, had been recognized throughout 18 states.

In line with him, 2,658 of the suspected contacts are being adopted up, whereas the remaining 1,045 have accomplished the obligatory 21 days of comply with up to make sure they present no signs.

“Nationwide Lassa fever multi-partner and the multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre continues to coordinate the response actions in any respect ranges,” Ihekweazu mentioned.

Lassa fever is a haemorraghic illness brought on by rodents. The illness is transmitted by way of faeces and urine of rats.

Lassa fever is treatable if recognized early and as such Nigerians are suggested to go to well being services when sick.

In view of the foregoing outbreak, Nigerians have to take preventive measures corresponding to maintaining their setting clear, making homes freed from rodents, washing fingers earlier than taking meals and maintaining all foodstuff in tight lid containers.

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