Sixteen people have been confirmed killed as a result of Lassa fever outbreak in Ondo State.

The State Chief Epidemiologist, Steven Fagbemi, disclosed this at the governor’s office in the Government House, in Akure.

Fagbemi made the disclosure while briefing Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as well as the local government chairmen from Ondo North and Central senatorial districts of the State.

He also revealed that 84 cases have been reported so far in the State since January 1, 2020.

According to the epidemiologist, 16 of the patients have passed on, as their cases had reached the advanced stage before they were taken to the hospital.

The outbreak is said to have affected Owo, Akoko South-West, Akure-South, and Ondo-West Local Government Areas of the State.

Also confirming the outbreak, the Commissioner for Health, Wahab Adegbenro, noted that the disease has been occurring in the State for some years, especially during the dry season.

He, therefore, advised Nigerians to visit hospitals when they noticed symptoms of fever.