In a follow-up on the diphtheria outbreak in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) reports a total of 377 suspected cases from seven (7) states across the country. The majority of the cases 355 (96.8%) were from Kano in the month of February.
102 (27.1%) cases were confirmed (9 lab confirmed, 93 clinically compatible). Six (6) deaths were recorded from confirmed cases.
Cumulatively, between week 19 (mid-May) of 2022 and week 9 ( end of February) of 2023, a total of 1,064 suspected cases were reported from 21 states. Kano (843), Yobe (86), Katsina (46), Lagos (22),
Sokoto (14) & Zamfara (13) accounted for 96.2% of suspected cases.
Of the 1,064 suspected cases reported, 389 (36.6%) were confirmed (45 were lab confirmed, 343 clinically compatible and 1 was epidemiologically linked).
A total of 62 deaths were recorded among all confirmed cases (CFR: 15.9%).
The majority (305 [78.4%]) of the confirmed cases occurred among children aged 2 – 14 years. Only 60 (15.4%) out of 389 confirmed cases were fully vaccinated with a Diphtheria toxin-containing vaccine.
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