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    Lassa Fever Kills Three as NCDC Confirms Outbreak of Disease in Ebonyi
    January 16, 2018
    Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu, Senator Iroegbu in Abuja and Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki

    Three medical personnel at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State have been killed by Lassa fever.

    Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike, said two of the dead patients were medical doctors while the third person was a nurse.
    He revealed that the index patient who was treated by one of the doctors and nurse survived and had been discharged.

    Umezuruike said the cause of the death of one of the doctors has not been confirmed to be Lassa fever as he had mobidity of diabetes.
    The commissioner further said the victims presented late because they were self-medicating when the symptoms started showing...

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    Nasarawa records 3 suspected cases of Lassa fever
    1 min ago

    Dr Giyan Joshua-Ndom, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, Nasarawa State, says the hospital is currently handling three cases of suspected Lassa fever.

    Joshua-Ndom disclosed in Keffi on Thursday that the hospital had taken the patients? blood samples for test to ascertain whether or not they had the disease.

    ?The patients have been separated from other patients...


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      Lassa Fever Otbreak: Death Toll Rises To Four In Ebonyi, 139 Under Surveillance
      Published 4 hours ago
      on January 19, 2018
      By Bukola Christiana Adeoye

      The death toll of victims of the Lassa fever outbreak in Ebonyi State has risen to four while 139 persons have been under surveillance.

      Naija News reported that three health workers died from the outbreak in the state.

      The Commissioner for Health, Daniel Umezuruike, disclosed that nine cases have been confirmed in the state, adding that schools have been under lock to forestall the spread of the disease...


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        Medical Alert: Kogi Records New Outbreak Of Lassa Fever
        The Medical Director of FMC, Dr. Olatunde Alabi, revealed this to reporters on Saturday in Lokoja.
        According to the director, the male doctor tested positive for the disease on Jan. 19, after his blood sample was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Irrua, Edo State for laboratory analysis.
        Alabi said that the doctor who is in his early thirties has been transferred to Irrua on Saturday morning for further medical attention.
        By Olasupo Ololade
        Published January 20, 2018...


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          Lassa fever outbreak : Ondo govt confirms death of five persons, 24 others in critical condition
          Published on January 22, 2018
          By Temitope Olanipekun

          The Ondo State government has confirmed the death of five persons, with twenty four others in critical condition from the outbreak of lassa fever in the state.

          Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi confirmed that the death and the cases were recorded from four local government areas in the state.

          He listed the local governments as Owo, Akoko southwest, Akure North and Akure south.

          Olowolabi said government had strengthened its medical apparatus in all its specialist hospitals to contain the spread of the disease...


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            Outbreaks and Emergencies Bulletin, Week 3: 13 - 19 January 2018

            Lassa fever Nigeria

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            On 15 January 2018, WHO was notified of a new cluster of five Lassa
            fever cases reported from Ebonyi State. The index case was a 15
            year-old boy from Abakaliki local government area who was admitted
            to hospital on 28 December 2017 with fever, unconsciousness, and
            bleeding from the mouth and nose. He died a few days later. Four
            healthcare workers (HCWs) who treated the index case fell ill. Three
            of the infected HCWs died (on 14 January and 15 January 2018) and
            the fourth remains hospitalized. Samples taken from the HCWs tested
            positive for Lassa fever by PCR. A total of 139 contacts have been
            identified and are being monitored.

            This Lassa fever cluster is part of an ongoing outbreak. Since the
            resurgence of the current wave in December 2016 (week 49), a total of
            1 022 suspected cases including 127 deaths (case fatality rate 12%)
            were reported as of 24 December 2017. During this outbreak, 19 out
            of 36 states have reported at least one confirmed Lassa fever case
            (Ogun, Bauchi, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ondo, Edo, Taraba, Nasarawa, Rivers,
            Kaduna, Gombre, Cross-River, Borno, Kano, Kogi, Enugu, Anambra,
            Lagos, and Kwara). In week 1 of 2018 (ending 7 January 2018), one
            confirmed case was reported from Bauchi State.


            The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Lassa fever response working group is leading coordination of weekly Lassa fever review meetings with
            participation by WHO, MSF, US CDC, and other partners.

            The Ebonyi State Emergency Outbreak Committee has been activated by the state governor and meets daily to coordinate response activities.
            Funds have been released by the Ebonyi State government to initiate the response, with particular focus on ensuring case management.
            Active case finding and monitoring of contacts is ongoing in Ebonyi State.

            A standard Lassa fever case definition has been shared for posting in health facilities.

            Community sensitization activities are ongoing and radio jingles are planned.

            Clinician sensitization is planned for Ebonyi State.


            Lassa fever is endemic in Nigeria. However, the recent cluster of cases in Ebonyi State suggests that current preparedness and response activities
            are insufficient to prevent significant morbidity and mortality. Implementation of measures to prevent infection among healthcare workers, including
            infection prevention and control and clinician sensitization to Lassa fever, are urgently needed to prevent future transmission of Lassa fever in
            healthcare facilities. Continuation of enhanced surveillance in Ebonyi State and other states affected by the outbreak is also advisable to facilitate early
            detection and treatment of new cases.

            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela


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              Three die of Lassa fever in Imo-Okorocha

              ON JANUARY 24, 2018 4:19 PM

              Rochas Okorocha of Imo said on Wednesday three persons had died of Lassa fever while seven others were hospitalised.

              Okorocha told journalists in Owerri that the disease was discovered in one of the hospitals in Orlu Local Government area of the state.

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              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela


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                Lassa Fever Kills 16 in Ondo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Others
                Posted on Jan 25, 2018 in News

                The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control yesterday said Lassa fever has killed 16 people in Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue.

                It also said 61 cases have been confirmed.

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                According to the agency, 10 health care workers have been infected in four states. Seven died in Ebonyi. One in Nasarawa. One in Kogi and one in Benue...


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                  Lassa fever: Three died in Taraba ? WHO
                  Posted By: Fanen Ihyongo, Jalingo On: January 30, 2018 In: News Update

                  The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday confirmed that three persons died of Lassa fever in Taraba.

                  A Surveillance Officer of WHO, Dr. Bello Ahmed, disclosed this at a sensitization workshop on Lassa fever in Jalingo, the state capital...



                  21 killed in Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria: official
                  Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-31 02:26:32|Editor: yan

                  LAGOS, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Lassa fever has claimed a total of 21 lives in its latest outbreak in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, said Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control Chikwe Ihekweazu.

                  A total of 77 confirmed cases have so far been recorded since the disease, which affected 10 health workers, broke out, the official said Tuesday in Abuja...


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                    Two cases of Lassa fever confirmed in Delta
                    Jackie Gogo -
                    January 31, 2018

                    Delta State has confirmed two cases of the Lassa Fever infection, with one patient said to be dead.

                    The identity of the dead victim could not be ascertained as at press time but the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, confirmed the cases in Asaba late Wednesday.

                    The patient, our correspondent learnt, was brought in on Sunday and died on Monday.

                    Azinge said he is in contact with his counterpart in Anambra State in regard to the dead victim, who is said to have been brought in from Anambra State to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba.

                    He added that the corpse will be handed over to his colleague so that proper burial arrangement is carried out, so as not to expose more persons to the disease.

                    The other case, according to him, is a 43-year old man who was brought to the FMC and successfully treated.

                    He was later referred to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State...


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                      Lassa fever infection soars in Nigeria

                      At least 21 people died from Lassa fever in Nigeria last month. DW talks to the head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) about what is being done to prevent more fatalities.

                      DW: Why is it so hard to fight Lassa fever, given that it was first identified in Nigeria in 1969?

                      Chikwe Ihekweazu: Lassa fever has been endemic in our country for many years. What has changed in the last two years is our ability to detect it. At NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) and our collaborating labs across the country, over the last two years, we have strengthened our surveillance infrastructure, we have strengthened our laboratories. We have increased people's awareness of the need to use primary health care services. In a way, what has changed is our ability to detect an illness that has been there all along...


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                        Death toll from Nigeria's Lassa fever outbreak rises to 30
                        Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-04 22:46:19|Editor: Mu Xuequan

                        LAGOS, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has risen to 30 by Saturday night since January 2018, according to official figures.

                        Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said laboratory tests had confirmed a total of 36 cases of Lassa fever in its latest outbreak in southwest Ondo State, including nine deaths in the state.

                        Last week, Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control Chikwe Ihekweazu told a news conference that Lassa fever claimed a total of 21 lives in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country...

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                        NEWS Lassa Fever Outbreak: Nine Death, 102 Cases Recorded In Ondo. Published 8 hours ago on February 4, 2018 By TOPE FAYEHUN

                        The Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said a total of 102 suspected cases of Lassa have been reported in 8 local government areas of the state. Akeredolu said ,out of the figure, 36 of the 79 cases with laboratory results have been confirmed including 9 deaths. The governor disclosed this during a state broadcast on lassa fever outbreak in the state at the weekend. Akeredolu said at present 127 Hospital Contacts and 308 Community Contacts were line-listed in all the affected Local Government Areas while thirty have completed their follow-up...


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                          Lassa fever: Gombe state records death
                          1 min ago

                          The Gombe State Government said on Monday that the state has one person to Lassa fever.

                          Dr Joshua Abubukar, the Director, Public Heath, Gombe State Ministry of Health, confirmed this to newsmen in Gombe.

                          Abubakar said an 18-year-old woman, who was tested positive of Lassa fever, died in Funakaye Local Government Area.

                          He however said that the deceased was tested positive after her death...


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                            Outbreaks and Emergencies Bulletin, Week 5: 27 January - 2 February 2018

                            Lassa fever Nigeria
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                            EVENT DESCRIPTION

                            The Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria continues to be closely monitored
                            by local authorities and WHO and partners. In the reporting week
                            ending 28 January 2018, 15 new confirmed cases and two deaths
                            were recorded from five states; Edo (6), Ondo (4), Delta (1), Imo (1)
                            and Taraba (3). From 1-28 January 2018 a total of 297 suspected
                            cases and 22 deaths (case fatality rate 7.4%) have been reported from
                            13 active states (Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Imo,
                            Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Plateau, and Taraba).
                            Since the start of 2018, among the 80 cases for which laboratory
                            results are available, 77 are confirmed as positive for Lassa fever, with
                            three probable cases and 21 deaths (18 in confirmed cases and three
                            in probable cases). The case fatality rate in confirmed and probable
                            cases is 26.3%.

                            Ten healthcare workers have been affected in four states ? Ebonyi
                            (7), Nasarawa (1), Kogi (1) and Benue (1), with four deaths in Ebonyi
                            (3) and Kogi (1). Confirmed cases are being treated at identified
                            treatment/isolation centres across the states. A total of 415 contacts
                            have been identified and are being followed up.
                            SITUATION INTERPRETATION

                            The upsurge in Lassa fever cases and deaths since the start of 2018 is of concern.
                            Available treatment facilities are overstretched and lack of funding
                            is preventing contact tracing in Edo State. These challenges, coupled with problems with logistics for deployment of supplies between states, delays
                            in samples reaching diagnostic centres and gaps in surveillance and contact tracing in some states need to be addressed urgently. National authorities
                            and international health cluster partners must move rapidly to prevent further spread of the disease across the country.

                            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                            -Nelson Mandela


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                              One dies as suspected Lassa Fever breaks out in Abia
                              By Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia
                              10 February 2018 | 3:16 am

                              Seven suspected victims of the dreaded Lassa fever have been identified in Abia state while two illegal routine immunization persons have been arrested and are undergoing police investigation.

                              State Health Commissioner, John Ahukannah said of the seven suspects, one has died, four tested negative while the other two responded to treatment and have been discharged. He also said the sample of the dead suspect was yet to be returned from Irrua where it was sent for analysis to determine the cause of his death. He stressed that the state has been alive to its responsibility and urged the public to step up their personal hygiene and avoid rats infected places and report any incidence to their nearest health authorities...