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Nigeria Records 37 New Lassa Fever Causes As Death Calls rise


37 new Centers for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed on Wednesday 37 new cases of Lassa fever between February 4 and February 10.

NCDC Chief Executive (CEO), Chikwe Ihekweazu, reported this on Wednesday in a statement in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said from January 1 to February 10, 2019, out of a total of 947 suspected cases reported by 20 states and the FCT; Positively confirmed 324, three are likely and 620 negative.

He added that 69 deaths had occurred from the confirmed cases since the start of 2019 cases, bringing the death rate to 21.3 per cent.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the amount of death on February 8 was 57.

The CEO said that Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo and Kebbi stated that they had recorded At least one confirmed a case across 54 local government areas.

He also confirmed that three new health workers were affected in Benue, Bauchi and Afonydd states in recent cases.

Mr Ihekweazu said that a total of 12 healthcare workers had been affected so far since the start of the case in seven states, namely Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Rivers, Bath and Benue and Enugu, who recorded one death.

He said that there were a total of 3,746 people, who suspect they had contact with infected people, had been identified across 18 countries.

According to him, 2,658 suspected contacts are being followed, while the remaining 1,045 have completed the compulsory 21 days of sequence to ensure they do not show any symptoms.

"The multi-partner National Tres Lassa and the Multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Center continue to co-ordinate responding activities at all levels," said Ihekweazu.

Lassa fever is a serious illness caused by spiders. The disease is transmitted through faeces and urine.

Lassa fever can be treated if it is diagnosed early and so Nigers are advised to visit health facilities when they are ill.

In the light of the previous case, Nigerians need to take preventative action such as keeping their environment clean, making houses free of distress, washing hands before taking meals and keeping all food into tight hidden containers.

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