The Kogi State Ministry of Health says nine confirmed cases of Lassa fever with four deaths had been recorded since the deadly disease broke out in the state about a month ago.
This was made known by Dr Austin Ojotule, the State Epidemiologist, in statement in Lokoja on Sunday.
According to Ojotule, the state’s statistics on Lassa fever outbreak update as at Feb. 8, 2020, has a total of 31 suspected cases.
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He further revealed that out of the 31 suspected cases of outbreak, one was probable, 17 negative, nine confirmed, while five had pending laboratory results.
He said that four deaths had been recorded among the nine confirmed cases with Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 44.4 per cent; the percentage of deaths from the confirmed cases, NAN reports.
The official said that the nine confirmed cases were from five local government areas of Ibaji with two, Okene, two, Idah, three, Okehi, one, and Igalamela Local Government Area, one.
He, however, noted that contact tracing and follow-up were ongoing, adding that a total of 177 contacts had been line-listed, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).