Lassa Fever Kills Two, Infects Five In Edo, Ebonyi, Ondo
Lassa Fever Kills Two, Infects Five In Edo, Ebonyi, Ondo – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the death of two, and infection of five people from Lassa fever in Edo, Ebonyi and Ondo states, including a health worker.
This was contained in the NCDC latest figures on Lassa fever published yesterday in its Week 44 (October 29 to November 4, 2018) outline. The NCDC noted that from January 1 to November 4, 2018, a total of 2950 suspected cases had been reported from 22 states.
Of these, 553 were confirmed positive, 17 probables, 2,380 negatives (not a case), and that since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 143 deaths in confirmed cases and 17 in probable cases.
The centre noted that the Case Fatality Rate in confirmed cases is 25.9 per cent and 22 states have recorded at least, one confirmed case across 90 local council areas in Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo and Plateau states. Others are Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe, Ekiti, Kaduna, Abia, Adamawa and Enugu states.
It, however, reported that eighteen states have exited the active phase of the outbreak, while four: Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi and Delta states remain active. It disclosed further that the latest figures on the ongoing cholera outbreak in the country showed have shown 173 new suspected cases.
They are from five states of Katsina (four), Borno (35), Zamfara (37), Adamawa (92) and Yobe (six), with one new death in Adamawa. Also, the latest figures on Yellow fever showed that 89 suspected cases were recorded, even as there was no in-country presumptive positive/inconclusive case.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) yesterday said cholera has killed 175 people, while 10, 000 others have been hospitalised in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. The refugee council attributed cholera outbreaks and spread to crowded Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and host communities.
Programme Manager of NRC, Janet Cherono, who disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri, stressed the urgent need for improved hygiene facilities to combat the deadly outbreaks. He lamented: “In Kagoni Sangaya displacement camp, the eight latrines that were built to cater for about 150 displaced people are now being shared by 500 people.”