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NCDC records 24 new cases of Lassa fever as the death toll hits 138

NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed that it recorded an increase in reported cases of Lassa fever in the past week across the country.

The agency revealed that 24 new cases of the virus were recorded in Bauchi, Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Kogi states.

The NCDC noted that six additional deaths were also recorded bringing the number of deaths from the virus since the outbreak this year to 138.

According to the Lassa Fever Situation report released by the NCDC, “In week 14, the number of new confirmed cases increased from 10 in week 13 to 24 cases”. These were recorded from Bauchi, Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Kogi states.

“Cumulatively from week one to week 14, 2022, 138 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 19.3 percent, which is lower than the CFR in the same period in the year 2021”.

“In total for 2022, 23 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 93 local government areas”.

“Of all confirmed cases, 68 percent are from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi states.”

The NCDC urged all Nigerians to embrace proper sanitation in their various communities and promote frequent handwashing with soap and running water.

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