In a follow-upon the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria in 2023, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) reported 1378 suspected and 361 confirmed Lassa fever cases in 18 States through January 29.
For the confirmed cases, this is a 71 percent increase (361) compared to the same period in 2022 (211).
53 deaths among the confirmed cases were also reported in January with a nearly 15% case fatality rate.
Seventy-four (74%) of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from these three states (Ondo, Edo and Taraba) while 26% were reported from 11 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases. Of the 74% confirmed cases, Ondo reported 36%, Edo 31%, and Taraba 7%.
The NCDC activated the national multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Lassa Fever (LF-EOC) at level 2 to coordinate and strengthen ongoing response activities in the country on January 30.
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