Eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death were recorded in the country between September 5 and September 11, 2022, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC).
This brings the total number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country to 917 and 171, respectively.
The health agency, which revealed that a total of 6,660 suspected cases have been reported in the country, added that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case in 102 local government areas.
Of the newly confirmed cases, Ondo accounted for 32%, Edo 26% and Bauchi 13%.
The statement read;
“In week 36 [September 5 to 11, 2022], the number of new confirmed cases fell from 10 in week 35 of 2022 to 8 cases. These have been reported in Ondo, Edo, Bauchi and Anambra states.
“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36, 2022, 171 deaths were reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6 people, which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3%) .
“The predominant age group affected is 21 to 30 years old (range: 0 to 90 years old, median age: 30 years old). The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8.
“The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare workers were affected in reporting week 36.”
Nigerians have been advised to ensure proper environmental sanitation, block all holes in houses to prevent rats from entering, cover trash cans and dispose of waste properly.