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Lassa fever returns to Nigeria, kills 57

The current Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has so far claimed no fewer than 57 people, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Friday.

According to the situation report released by the health agency, 275 cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed in 19 states as of February 3.

The situation report is a weekly update of the trend in the Lassa fever disease across the country. The latest release by NCDC is for week five: January 28 to February 03, 2019.

Since the beginning of the year, 19 states – Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Oyo – have recorded at least one confirmed case across 51 local government areas

Many Nigerian states have since the beginning of the year been witnessing outbreaks of the disease. This prompted NCDC to declare an outbreak of Lassa fever in mid-January.

In the situation report for week five, 68 new confirmed cases were reported from Edo -20, Ondo -22, Ebonyi -7, Bauchi -4, Plateau -4, Nasarawa -1, Taraba -3, Benue -1, Kaduna -1, Kwara -1, Oyo -2, Delta -1, and Rivers -1.

Also, in the same week, 14 new deaths were report from nine states; Edo -2, Ondo -1, Rivers -1, Plateau -2, Oyo -1, Ebonyi -4, Enugu -1, Taraba -1 and Nasarawa -1.

Since the onset of the outbreak of Lassa fever this year, a total of 731 suspected cases have been reported from 19 states.

Of these, 275 were confirmed positive, three probable, 57 deaths in confirmed cases and 453 negatives (not a case).

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