The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the country has recorded a total of 1,006 Lassa Fever cases. With 194 deaths caused by the fever.
The disease claimed another life in Ondo State for the third consecutive week, amongst the several deaths in the country since January.
Six new cases were recorded in Edo (3), Ondo (2), and Bauchi (1) between May 11 and May 17, as reported in the NCDC’s latest situation report published on Friday, May 22.
Ondo has recorded the highest number of cases with 327, closely followed by Edo (326), Ebonyi (74), and Taraba (56).
Ondo has also recorded the highest number of deaths with 47, followed by Edo with 39, Taraba with 21, and Bauchi with 19.
Lassa fever infection can happen through contact with excreta or urine of rodents; contact with a probable or confirmed Lassa fever case within a period of 21 days of onset of symptoms.