More than 118 persons have been killed by Lassa fever in the last eight weeks according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The NCDC revealed that the figure covered between January 1 and February 2, stating that no fewer than 2,633 cases of the disease have been reported since the beginning of the year, out of which 689 cases were confirmed to be positive.
The cases were reported in 115 local government areas from 27 states of the country.
In the eighth week – February 17-23 – which the latest NCDC report focused on, 102 of 456 reported cases from 46 local government areas from 18 states were confirmed.
The states affected are; Ondo, Ebonyi, Edo, Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Lagos, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Sokoto, Taraba, Delta, Rivers, Adamawa, and Nasarawa.
The disease control centre revealed also that the number of suspected cases has significantly increased compared to the figure reported for the same period in 2019.