20 Cases, 9 Deaths As Fresh Lassa Fever Outbreak Hits 7 States - NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has alerted the public on the fresh outbreak of the deadly Lassa Fever in the country. According to the Vanguard, the centre confirmed 9 deaths and 20 cases of Lassa Fever in seven states since the beginning of the dry season in December 2016.

 It also shared plans to improve nationwide capacity for response and prevention of the disease.

Similarly, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Daniel Iya told the newspaper that there have been 4 deaths in 16 cases in the state alone and 38 people are now under surveillance.

The deaths in Nasarawa occurred in Keffi and Lafia Local Government areas. These cases happened  barely one year after two persons died at the State Specialist Hospital in Lafia, including the medical doctor who was treating the patients at the time.

The Chief Medical Director of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Dr. Ahmed Ashuku, also confirmed two new cases in an interview aired on the state-owned radio station in Lafia. He said the government has employed medical practitioners to a one-day state-wide awareness campaign to truncate the spread of the disease.

NCDC spokesperson,  Lawal Bakare, in a statement said, Nigerians should focus more on prevention of the disease. According to Bakare, Plateau state had three confirmed fatalities out of six cases, Ogun State had two deaths and two confirmed cases.

“In Taraba State, there was one death out of the six confirmed cases, while Nasarawa recorded three deaths. Other states that have recorded one case each, without confirmed deaths, in-clude Edo, Ondo and Rivers,” He added.

The centre said it has commenced the implementation of its Lassa Fever plan ahead of the current dry season with a view to strengthening nationwide capacity to prevent, detect and respond to the anticipated cases on time.

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