By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported four additional confirmed Lassa fever cases the first week of August, bringing the country cumulative total to 350. One additional death among confirmed cases brings that total to 70, giving it a 20 percent fatality rate.

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While the numbers seem high, they are down significantly from the same period in 2020–1054 confirmed cases and 220 deaths.

In total for 2021, 14 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 60 Local Government Areas. Of all confirmed cases, 83% are from Edo (45%), Ondo (33%) and Taraba (5%) States.

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Lassa fever remains a major public health challenge in West Africa with Nigeria bearing the highest burden. Lassa fever occurs throughout the year but more cases are recorded during the dry season i.e. November through May.