Nigeria records 1,131 cases of Lassa fever in 27 states

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The number of confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the country is in the region of 1,131 across 27 states, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said.

In the last one week outbreak has increase to 11 cases.
Mamora disclosed this during the Thursday weekly press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He said that while government strived to contain the spread of the disease, it would continue to keep eyes on other diseases that threaten human health.

Mamora said, “One of such diseases is Lassa fever which is a viral haemorrhagic disease characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: malaise, fever, headache, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, chest pain, hearing loss.

“So far this year, we have recorded 1131 confirmed cases in 27 states. However, the number of new confirmed cases of Lassa, has increased from three in the last week to 11 cases this week.”

He said that this year, Nigeria has recorded 233 deaths with a case fatality rate of 20.6 per cent, which is slightly lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (21.0 per cent).

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