Lassa fever death toll reaches 155 in Nigeria; fatality rate lower than 2021

Lagos: The death toll of Lassa fever in Nigeria this 12 months has risen to 155 amid authorities measures to cut back infections throughout the nation, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) stated. In its newest Lassa fever scenario report reaching Xinhua Saturday, the general public well being company stated there have been 782 confirmed instances of the illness, with 4,939 suspected instances because the starting of this 12 months.

With the 155 deaths recorded as of early June, the NCDC stated the case fatality rate in the nation is at 19.8 per cent, which is lower than the 20.2 per cent recorded for a similar interval in 2021. And 24 states have recorded no less than one confirmed case this 12 months, with three states — Ondo, Edo and Bauchi — accounting for 68 per cent of all confirmed instances.

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What is Lassa fever and the way do people contract it?

According to the World Health Organization, Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic sickness brought on by the Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus household of viruses. Humans often change into contaminated with the Lassa virus via publicity to meals or home goods contaminated with urine or faeces of contaminated Mastomys rats. The illness is endemic in the rodent inhabitants in elements of West Africa.

What are the signs of Lassa fever?

In some instances, Lassa fever has comparable signs to malaria, showing between one and three weeks after publicity to the virus. In delicate instances, the illness causes fever, fatigue, weak point, and headache. The NCDC stated it remained dedicated to supporting state public well being groups to realize the objective of decreasing the Lassa fever case fatality rate to a single digit. The illness management company stated it’s at the moment distributing medical response commodities to states and remedy centres as a part of measures to manage the unfold of the illness.

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