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Nigeria: 2018 Lassa Fever

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    171 died of Lassa fever in 2018, says NCDC
    24th January 2019
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja

    Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed that no fewer than 171 persons died of Lassa fever between the period of January 1 and December 31, 2018.

    It said that 3, 498 suspected cases were reported across Nigeria in 2018, out of which 633 were confirmed positive, 20 probable and 2, 853 negative cases.

    Its epidemiology report indicated that Edo State contributed 80 per cent of all confirmed cases (44 per cent). Ondo and Ebonyi states contributed 25 and 11 per cent respectively.

    About 45 health care workers were also affected since the outbreak of the epidemic in seven states namely: Ebonyi (16), Edo (15), Ondo (8), Kogi (2), Nasarawa (1), Taraba (1) and Abia (1).

    Also, 10 health workers were said to have died in the course of the service. Five died in Ebonyi State, two in Ondo, one each in Kogi, Abia and Edo states...