The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday, April 17, announced that the number of confirmed cases of Lassa fever in the country increased to 973 in the 15th week of 2020 from the 963 cases recorded in the 14th week.
Lassa fever is a disease spread to humans through food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.
Announcing the latest situation report on the disease which published, the centre disclosed 10 new cases were reported from Edo, Ondo, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau states.
The centre, however, said no record of death in week 15, leaving the death toll at 188 for this year.
The PUNCH reports that the breakdown of the disease’s confirmed cases showed that while 27 states had recorded at least one confirmed case each, Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi alone accounted for 73 percent of the confirmed cases.
About 127 local government areas also have at least one confirmed case each.
The report read, “In Week 15, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 12 cases in Week 14, 2020 to 10 cases. These were reported from five states (Edo, Ondo, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau).
“Cumulatively from Week 1 to Week 15, 2020, 188 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 19.3 percent, which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (22.6 percent).
“In total for 2020, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 127 local government areas.
“The number of suspected cases have significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019. No new healthcare worker was affected in Week 15.”
The NCDC said the National Rapid Response Teams had been deployed to support response activities in 10 states.