Lassa fever deaths have hit 162 in 28 weeks, according to the latest situation report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The report further showed that 847 confirmed cases of the disease have been recorded from 24 States while 5,752 suspected cases have been reported from all the states of the Federation.

According to the NCDC’s epidemiological report: “In week 28 (July 11 to 17), the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 13 in week 27, 2022 to 5 cases. These were reported from Edo and Ondo States.

“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 28, 2022, 162 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 19.1 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent).

“In total for 2022, 24 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 99 Local Government Areas. Of all confirmed cases, 69 per cent are from Ondo (30 per cent), Edo (25 per cent), and Bauchi (14 per cent) States.

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.

“No new Healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 28. National Lassa fever mult-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels.”