Nigeria reports fresh rise in 358 cases of Lassa Fever across 19 States, and it was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), even as the world continues to battle against ongoing surge of COVID-19.
It was stated that the fever caused three deaths in Britain, and it was infected by those who came from West Africa.
The NCDC, a verified website of Nigeria, made this known on February 16, Wednesday, mentioning that the total new confirmed cases of Lassa fever in week six increased from 58 in week five, 2022, to 77 cases.
According to sources, apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another cause of concern: Lassa fever, which has caused three deaths in Britain.
The total death confirmation came from the UK Health Agency on February 11.
Furthermore, it stated that three cases belonged to the same family in the East of England, and they all were connected to the travel history to West Africa.
Before recorded to these cases, eight cases of Lassa fever have been imported to the UK since 1980.
However, the last two cases were reported in 2009, and there was no proof of any of these cases after that.
Nigeria and some other parts of Africa have continuously viewed the recent outbreaks of Lassa fever, making a pandemic-wary even more nervous, as there is currently no vaccine protecting against Lassa fever.
As per the reports of NCDC, additional cases in week six were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Taraba, Enugu, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It stated that cumulatively from the week had reported one to week six, 2022, 59 deaths with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 16.5 per cent in the country.
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