Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Lassa Fever : 10 States affected and 40 Deaths Reported in Nigeria

Cases of Lassa fever has been reported in 10 States in Nigeria. According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who  revealed that over 40 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak of the deadly viral disease, Lassa Fever in Nigeria.
He said this at press conference in Abuja today, Ademola said the viral disease which is spread by infected rodents, has spread to ten states in the last six weeks when the first case was reported in November.
“In the last six weeks Nigeria has been experiencing Lassa fever outbreak which so far has affected 10 states in the country. The states affected include Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo state. The total number so far reported is 86 and 40 deaths with the mortality rate of 45%. Our laboratories have confirmed 22 cases so far, indicative of a new round trip of Lassa fever outbreak,” he said.

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