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NCDC declares emergency on Lassa fever

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NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday declared a state of emergency in its war against Lassa fever outbreaks.

  The follows from successive decline in cases below the emergency threshold, and an epidemiological review carried out by NCDC in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO).

Speaking in a release, Director-General of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, noted that since the beginning of the outbreak, 979 confirmed cases, including 188 deaths, had been recorded from 27 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, as at April 9, 2020.

  He equally noted that the Lassa fever case counts had significantly declined in the last three weeks and dropped below levels considered to be a national emergency, particularly in the last four months when NCDC in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Environment and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Response led the Lassa fever response activities across the country

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