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Fresh 95 cases of Lassa fever discovered in one week – NCDC


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that 95 cases of Lassa fever were discovered in the country within one week.

As a result, the centre said it would continue to work closely with states affected by the outbreak, while ensuring that the 95 confirmed cases in some states across the country were effectively managed.

This is just as another case of the disease was confirmed in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. It was the second in the state so far.

Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, that the 95 established cases were the highest number of confirmed cases in a single week.

“This reporting week, NCDC managed a record number of 95 cases. This was possible through collaborative efforts across states with coordination from us,” he said.

Ihekweazu added that as of January 26, a total of 258 confirmed cases and 41 deaths were reported from 19 states since the beginning of the year.

According to him, of the confirmed new cases, 89 are from Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi states with 38 per cent each from Edo and Ondo, while Ebonyi has 11 per cent.


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