Via The Guardian Nigeria: NCDC confirms nine new cases of Lassa fever, two deaths. Excerpt:
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday confirmed nine new cases of Lassa fever epidemic with two deaths, in one week, including the first confirmed case in Enugu State since beginning of outbreak.
The NCDC, however, blamed the persistent outbreak of Lassa fever in the country on poor environmental sanitation conditions observed in high burden communities.
Latest figures from the NCDC published yesterday stated: “In the reporting Week 31 (July 30-August 5, 2018), nine new confirmed cases were reported from Edo (seven), Ondo (one) and Enugu (one) with two new deaths from Edo (one) and Enugu (one).
According to the NCDC report, 22 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 72 local councils (Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe, Ekiti, Kaduna, Abia, Adamawa and Enugu – the new addition). Nineteen states have exited the active phase of the outbreak while three – Edo Ondo and Enugu states – remain active.
The Centre noted that no new healthcare worker was infected but 39 healthcare workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in seven states – Ebonyi (16), Edo (14), Ondo (four), Kogi (two), Nasarawa (one), Taraba (one) and Abia (one) with 10 deaths in Ebonyi (six), Kogi (one), Abia (one), Ondo (one) and Edo (one).
According to the NCDC, 82 per cent of all confirmed cases are from three states; Edo (44 per cent), Ondo (24 per cent) and Ebonyi (14 per cent) while 10 patients are currently being managed at treatment centres – seven at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) and three at the Federal Medical Centre Owo Treatment Centre.