Nigeria has recorded 411 confirmed cases of Lassa fever, and 72 deaths across 21 states of the federation from week one to week six of 2024.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, made this known on its official website, said the number of new confirmed cases increased from 70 in week five to 83 in week six, with nine deaths recorded in week six, from February 5 to 11.

It added that 65 per cent of all the confirmed cases were from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 35 per cent were reported from 17 states.

The agency said the number of suspected cases in 2024 (2,122) decreased when compared to the figure reported for the same period in 2023 (8,280).

The World Health Organization, WHO, says people can protect themselves from Lassa fever by taking several precautions, include minimising exposure to rodents and their urine, sealing up holes or gaps in homes.

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