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24 killed as Lassa fever cases rise – CDC reports


The number of deaths resulting from Lassa fever attacks has risen to 24, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said.

The centre announced this in a report in its weekly situation report for week three.

The report also shows a total of 163 confirmed cases of infection from 398 suspected cases in 2020 compared to 141  in 2019.

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This week’s indicator shows that the number of new confirmed cases increased from 64 cases to 81. These cases were reported from six states, including  Ondo, Edo, Delta, Taraba, Plateau, and Bauchi.

According to the report, nine states recorded at least one confirmed case across 32 Local Government Areas in 2020. Of all the confirmed cases, 89 percent are from Edo Ondo and Ebonyi states, with the predominant age-group affected being11-40 years.

The report also noted that the number of deaths has decreased as the overall case fatality rate (CFR) for 2020 is 14.7 percent, which is lower than the CFR for the same period during 2019 23.4 percent.