The number of Lassa fever infections since early 2022 is 894, with 168 deaths, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
The latest situation report released by the NCDC for Week 33 also showed that there are 6,392 suspected cases of infection in 101 local government areas in 25 states.
Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever and an acute viral illness and the zoonotic disease has a high morbidity and mortality, and has economic and health implications.
The report found that of all confirmed cases, 70% are from the states of Ondo (31%), Edo (26%) and Bauchi (13%).
The report read in part: “At week 33, the number of new confirmed cases fell from 9 at week 32, 2022 to 5 cases. These were reported from the states of Ondo and Edo.
The report noted: “From Week 1 to Week 33, 2022, 168 deaths were reported with a mortality rate of 18.8%, which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3%).
“In total for 2022, 25 states have registered at least one confirmed case in 101 local government areas.
“Of all confirmed cases, 70% come from the states of Ondo (31%), Edo (26%) and Bauchi (13%).
“The most affected age group is 21-30 years (range: 0 to 90 years, median age: 30 years). The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8.
“The number of suspected cases has increased from the number reported for the same period in 2021.
“No new healthcare worker affected in reporting week 33.”
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