The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control have reported that the death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has risen to 183, up from the previous 181.
The viral haemorrhagic illness, caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed that Lassa fever probably exists some West African countries and known to be endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Nigeria.
The report read in part, “In week 49, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 22 in week 48, 2022 to 13 cases. These were reported from Bauchi, Ondo, Ebonyi, and Sokoto states.
“Cumulatively from week one to week 49, 2022, 183 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 17.8 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (20.9 per cent).
“In total for 2022, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 110 local government areas.
“Of all confirmed cases, 72 per cent are from Ondo (33 per cent), Edo (25 per cent), and Bauchi (14 per cent) States.
“The predominant age group affected 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 compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.
“No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 49.
“National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels”