93 dead as Lassa fever rages

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The National Centre for Disease Control has said a total of 1,447 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been reported in 33 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, since the outbreak of the disease this year.

The centre also said since the outbreak, there had been 93 deaths, with case fatality ratio in the confirmed cases put at 22.1 per cent.

The latest report of the agency on the spread of the disease showed that 20 states, together with the FCT, had recorded at least one confirmed case across 66 local government areas.

According to the report, the affected states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna and Kwara.

Others are Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta, Oyo, Kebbi and Cross River states with the FCT.

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