Do not panic about the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria– NCDC


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigerians need not panic over the rising cases of Lassa fever because it has initiated measures in response to the disease in the country. This statement was made known in a statement on Wednesday by the Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that in preparation for this year’s emergency phase, NCDC had been providing support to states, including emergency supplies and deployment of Rapid Response Teams (RRT). He said that the RRTs would work with states in response coordination, contact tracing, case management, risk communication and strengthening infection prevention and control practices.

He said, “Recent epidemiological data shows that Lassa fever usually occurs during the dry season, between January and April”.  According to him, as at Jan. 13, about 60 confirmed cases were reported in eight states.

He said, “Given this increase in reported cases of Lassa fever, the NCDC has declared this an outbreak and activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the response”.

He said that given the increase in reported cases, the NCDC declared it as an outbreak and activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the response. Ihekweazu, therefore, advised members of the public to focus on prevention by practicing good personal hygiene and proper environmental sanitation.

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