27 States Hit With Lassa Fever, 1131 Cases Confirmed

27 States Hit With Lassa Fever, 1131 Cases Confirmed

The Federal Government has revealed that there has been a total of 1,131 cases of Lassa Fever across 27 states.

Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said this on Thursday during the press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He highlighted the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reported on the progress made by the task force to tackle it.

He said, “A total of 60,737 cases have been treated and discharged while there are currently 2617 active cases currently receiving care at home or in a facility. We have sadly recorded 1,162 deaths with a case fatality rate of 1.8 per cent.

“We are cautiously impressed that the number of active cases is reducing as more persons are being discharged and the recovery rate is increasing.”

He also emphasized that the government had not taken its eyes off other deadly diseases that continue to threaten the nation.

Mamora said, “One of such diseases is Lassa fever which is a viral haemorrhagic disease characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: malaise, fever, headache, sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, chest pain, hearing loss.

“So far this year, we have recorded 1131 confirmed cases in 27 states. However, the number of new confirmed cases of Lassa, has increased from three in the last week to 11 cases this week.”

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