LASSA FEVER – NIGERIA (06): UPDATE
Date: Fri 2 Jun 2023
Source: Punch [edited] https://punchng.com/lassa-fever-ncdc-confirms-162-deaths-first-half-2023/
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday [1
Jun 2023], informed that Lassa fever has killed no fewer than 162
persons since the start of year 2023.
The number of states said to have recorded a death toll to the
ravaging disease is put at 28. They are: Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, Taraba,
Benue, Plateau, Ebonyi, Nassarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Gombe, Enugu Kano,
Jigawa, Oyo and FCT, among others.
The PUNCH reports that on 1 May 2023, the mortality toll of Lassa
fever in Nigeria was disclosed to be 154 while it recorded 897
confirmed cases and a total of 4908 suspected cases.
In its 16th-week Lassa fever situation report, the NCDC explained that
the 897 confirmed cases were recorded from 26 states and 103 local
government areas from 1 Jan to 23 April 2023.
The Centre, on Thursday [1 Jun 2023], disclosed this in its 20th-week
Lassa fever situation report shared on its Twitter handle (@NCDCgov),
adding that 944 confirmed cases and 5593 suspected cases of the
disease were recorded so far since January 2023.
“Cumulatively, from week 1 to week 20, 2023, 162 deaths have been
reported with a case fatality rate of 17.2% which is lower than the
CFR for the same period in 2022 (19.8%).
“In total, for 2023, 28 states have recorded at least one confirmed
case across 106 LGAs,” the centre’s 20th-week report read.
It maintained that, “the number of suspected cases increased, compared
to that reported for the same period in 2022.”