Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31
When Nigerians were already thinking Lassa Fever was a thing of the past, the deadly virus has reared its ugly head again.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the current outbreak of Lassa fever has affected 15 states with 105 laboratory confirmed cases, three probable cases and 31 deaths.
Adewole stated this at the emergency National Council of Health meeting in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, the cases are in Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states.
10 healthcare workers were affected in four states; seven in Ebonyi State; with one health worker each from Nasarawa , Kogi and Benue states according to Adewole.
From the 31 deaths, four health workers died as a result of the disease; three deaths were recorded in Ebonyi and one in Kogi.
The minister said the meeting was, therefore, summoned to discuss the state of public health challenges in the country with focus on some of the challenges that had bedevilled the nation in the past few weeks.
Adewole added that Lassa fever had been a recurrent outbreak in the country, stressing that Nigeria has battled with a series of outbreaks in the past few months and something had to be done.
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