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New wave of Lassa fever kills 59, infects 358 across Nigeria — NCDC

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AN outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria has claimed 59 lives among 358 new cases since January.

  A report published on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) situation room, yesterday, said the 358 confirmed cases were recorded in 19 states and 65 local government areas.

  Among more prominent cases were infection of seven new healthcare workers in Bauchi, Ondo and Edo States while in week six, number of new confirmed cases increased from 58 in week five, 2022 to 77 cases.

  “These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Taraba, Enugu, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger States, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

  “Cumulatively from week one to week six, of 2022; 59 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate(CFR) of 16.5 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021(22.9 per cent),” the report stated.

  NCDC also said that Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectorial national emergency coordination centre has been activated to coordinate government’s activities at all levels.

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