Lassa fever: NCDC reports 6,704 cases, 162 deaths in 28 states

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) on Friday reported 6,704 suspected Lassa fever cases and 162 deaths across 125 local government areas in 28 states.

The NCDC, in its Lassa fever situation report posted on its website, confirmed 911 cases from these suspected cases between January and June 9, 2024.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family. Humans typically become infected through exposure to food or household items contaminated with the urine or faeces of infected Mastomys rats.

The disease is endemic in the rodent population in parts of West Africa.

The NCDC revealed that the case fatality rate (17.8%) is higher than the CFR for the same period in 2023 (17.1%).

It said, “In total for 2024, 28 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 Local Government Areas.”

Sixty-five per cent of all confirmed Lassa…



Source: Guardian Newspaper