NCDC Confirm New Cases of Lassa fever in Ondo, Edo State

Nigeria suffers another Lassa fever outbreak; over 593 people under watch
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), as of yesterday, confirmed two new cases of Lassa fever in Ondo State with on reported died and another case in Edo. According to the latest figures from the NCDC, in the reporting Week 46 (November 12 to18, 2018), from January 1 to November 18, 2018, a total of 3,086 suspected cases have been reported from 22 states. Of these, 562 were confirmed positive, 17 probable, and 2,507 negative. The NCDC noted that 22 states recorded at least one confirmed case across 90 councils of Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, Abuja, Gombe, Ekiti, Kaduna, Abia, Adamawa and Enugu, while Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi states were in active phase of the outbreak. However, since the outbreak, no new healthcare worker has been affected, but 43 were affected with Ebonyi having 16 cases, Edo 15, Ondo 7, Kogi 2, Nasarawa 1, Taraba 1 and Abia 1, with five deaths in Ebonyi, 1 in Kogi, 1 in Abia and 1 in Edo and two in Ondo. NCDC noted that 46 percent of confirmed cases are from Edo, 24 percent from Ondo and 13 percent from Ebonyi. It was also gathered that a patient was being managed at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) treatment center and two at Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owo. A total of 9,045 contacts have been identified from 22 states, the center noted, adding that of these 370 (4.1 percent) are being followed up, 8,545 (94 percent) have completed 21 days follow-up, while 15 (0.2 percent) were lost to follow up.

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