Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed yesterday that no less than 143 people died of Lassa fever disease in…
Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed yesterday that no less than 143 people died of Lassa fever disease in the last 11 months in 22 states.
Communication assistant NCDC, Chimezie Anueyiagu, made the revelation while presenting the progress report on the disease at the Media and the Civil Society Organization Advocacy meeting on Lassa fever in Abuja.
Anueyiagu explained that based on aggregate data between January and November 11, the number of suspected cases of Lassa fever was 3.016.
He said that the number of numbers was 559 cases were confirmed positively, of which 1
7 were observed as probable cases while 2,440 cases were confirmed negative.
“Since the outbreak, there have been 143 deaths in confirmed cases and 17 probable cases. The death is confirmed as 22.6 percent.
” The 22 states have registered at least one confirmed case of Lassa fever in 90 municipalities, “said He.
The municipality Anicationyiagu explained that probable cases where the case was not tested but suspected of being a case of Lassa fever or possibly other diseases.
NCDC Deputy Director Elsie Ilori said there were ongoing plans to review the current guidelines as well as develop a five-year strategic plan to deal with Lassa fever in Nigeria.
IIori said the review was to enable the middle to face the situations registered in the states and regretted that Nigeria had the highest burden of the disease.  The deputy director expressed fear that the disease vector might not only be rodent alone.
However, he noted that the NCDC cooperated with the World Health Organization isation WHO) on research to see if there was another animal that spreads the virus.
Dr Olaolu Aderinola, NCDC Deputy Director, said that compared with 2017 there was a huge reduction in the number of repetitive cases due to breakthroughs.
Aderinola showed that between 2016 and 2017 there were 14,542 CSM cases with 1 166 recorded deaths, while between 2017 and 2018, the number of registered cases was 3 477 with approximately 303 deaths.