Nigeria has recorded 17 new confirmed cases of Lassa fever and 6 deaths between 8th-14th February 2021, giving a total of week 6.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed this in its latest situation report, saying the six deaths were recorded in Ondo (3), Edo (2), and Taraba (1).
So far, a total of 83 cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed and a total of 19 deaths reported in 2021, according to the data made available by NCDC.
In week 6, the number of new confirmed cases increased from 13 in week 5, 2021 to 17 cases. These cases were discovered in 10 local Government Areas in Edo (10), Ondo (5) and Taraba (2).
Cumulatively from week 1 to week 6, 2021, 19 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate of (22.9%) which is higher than the CFR for the same period in 2020 (14.8%)
A total of 91 cases were suspected in Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Lagos, and Kogi where people tested negative.In total for 2021, 8 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 27 Local government areas.
Edo has recorded the highest number of confirmed cases of Lassa fever with 42, followed by Ondo with 22, Taraba with 10, and Bauchi with three.
Plateau and Ebonyi have recorded two confirmed cases each, while Nasarawa and Akwa Ibom have recorded one each.
Ondo has recorded the highest number of deaths with eight, followed by Taraba with five, Edo with four and Bauchi with two.