Lassa fever: Centre Says Death Toll Reaches 144
Lassa fever: Centre Says Death Toll Reaches 144

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC says the death toll from Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has risen to 144, with a Case Fatality Rate, CFR of 16.8 per cent.

It noted that this is lower than the Case Fatality Rate for the same period in 2019; 23.3 per cent, which highlights improved levels of detection and case management for Lassa fever across the country.

The Centre’s Director General Chikwe Ihekweazu, while giving an update on the disease, said in week 10, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 85 cases in week nine, 2020 to 81 cases.

He explained that these were reported from 15 states, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Enugu, Adamawa, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Kebbi.

Ihekweazu, said in total for 2020, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 119 Local Government Areas.

The Director General noted the number of suspected cases had significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019. He further stated that the centre had rapidly scaled up its preparedness and response for Lassa fever outbreak across the country.