By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 403 confirmed Lassa fever cases in 2021 through October 31. This includes two confirmed cases reported the last week of October.

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Of the 400+ confirmed cases, 79 resulted in death accounting for a fatality rate of 19.6 per cent.

Both the confirmed cases and deaths in 2021 are lower than what was seen in 2020 with 1119 and 232, respectively.

In total for 2021, 15 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 61 Local Government Areas.

Of all confirmed cases, 84% are from Edo (44%), Ondo (35%) and Taraba (5%) States.

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.

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