Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed increase in new cases of Lassa fever this year, but with lower fatalities compared to the corresponding period of 2022..
The NCDC report noted that 84 per cent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi states, while 16 per cent were reported from seven other states
According to the disease centre, of the 84 per cent of confirmed cases, Edo reported 39 per cent, Ondo, 37 per cent and Bauchi, eight per cent.
Obehi said the state has also confirmed one more death from the disease in Esan West council, raising the total number of fatalities to 10.
She added that Edo has recorded 97 confirmed cases, adding that the three most affected cases account for 75 per cent of confirmed cases in the state.
The commissioner said while Etsako West recorded 38 infections of the 97 confirmed cases in the state, Esan West recorded 24, and Esan North East, 19.
She said the total fatalities recorded in the state were confirmed in Etsako West (four); Esan West (two); Esan North East/NE (two); Etsako East (one) and Oredo (one).
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