Lassa fever strike in 7 states in Nigeria- Health minister confirms

Health Minister

Nigeria's health minister is urging Nigerians not to panic over an outbreak of Lassa fever which he confirmed has killed  over 30 people  in seven states since November.

According to him, the disease has also spread to ten states since the last six weeks when the first case was reported in November.

The death toll represents over 43% of the 86 cases reported so far.

“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.

Dr. Isaac Adewole says the government has taken adequate measures to contain the outbreak, with 14 lab-confirmed cases among 76 suspected ones.

“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.

Dr. Isaac Adewole says the government has taken adequate measures to contain the outbreak, with 14 lab-confirmed cases among 76 suspected ones.

Lassa, named after a Nigerian town where the acute viral hemorrhagic fever first was identified in 1969, has the same symptoms as Ebola and also requires that health workers wear protective gear and patients be isolated. Only about 1 per cent of patients die.

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