NCDC verifies 894 cases of Lassa fever

 NCDC verifies 894 cases of Lassa fever

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, there have been 894 Lassa fever infections since the beginning of 2022, with 168 deaths.

According to the NCDC's most recent situation report for week 33, there are 6392 suspected cases of the infection spread across 101 Local Government Areas in 25 states.

Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever and an acute viral illness with a high morbidity and mortality rate, as well as economic and health security implications.

According to the report, 70% of all confirmed cases are from Ondo (31%), Edo (26%), and Bauchi (13%).

"In week 33, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 9 in week 32, 2022 to 5," according to the report. These were reported from the states of Ondo and Edo.

According to the report, "from week 1 to week 33 of 2022, 168 deaths were reported with a case fatality rate of 18.8%, which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3%)."

In total, 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 LGAs for 2022.

"Of all confirmed cases, 70% are from the states of Ondo (31%), Edo (26%), and Bauchi (13%)."

The most affected age group is between the ages of 21 and 30. (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). For confirmed cases, the male-to-female ratio is 1:0.8.

"The number of suspected cases has increased when compared to the same period in 2021."

"There have been no new healthcare workers affected in the reporting week 33.