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Lassa fever kills 11 people in two weeks

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that 11 people have died from Lassa fever across the country within the first two weeks in 2022.

According to a report which was released on Thursday, it was stated that 48 new infections were recorded in week two, spanning January 10 to 16.

The new infections were said to be recorded in Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Benue, Kogi, Oyo, Taraba and Ebonyi states.

Cumulatively, from the first week to the second week of 2022, 96 people have been infected by Lassa fever across 27 Local Government Areas in 11 states of the federation.

NCDC noted in the report that the number of fatalities were reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 11.5 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021, 17.4 per cent.

The report further revealed that the trio of Edo, Bauchi and Ondo states accounted for 74 per cent of all the confirmed cases.

Edo State in the South-south topped with 31 per cent, followed by Bauchi State in the North-east and Ondo in the South-west with 22 and 21 per cent respectively.

While NCDC disclosed that there are currently 465 suspected cases, it noted that the number of suspected cases as of week two of 2022, has increased, compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.

The disease centre added that three new health care workers from Edo State were infected with the disease in the reporting week.

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