Global & Disaster Medicine

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control reported 6 new confirmed cases of Lassa fever last week, including two deaths. One of those deaths involved a doctor who was in close contact with at least 30 patients.


In the reporting Week 13 (March 26- April 01, 2018) six new confirmed cases were recorded from five States…..with two new deaths in confirmed cases from FCT (1) and Abia (1) 

From 1st January to 1st April 2018, a total of 1706 suspectedi cases have been reported. Of these, 400 were confirmed positive, 9 are probable, 1273 are negative (not a case) and 24 are awaiting laboratory results (pending)  Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 142 deaths: 97 in positive-confirmed cases, 9 in probable cases and 36 in negative cases.

Case Fatality Rate in confirmed cases is 24.3% –

In the reporting week 14, two new healthcare workers were affected with one death. Twenty five* health care workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in eight states –

30 cases are currently under treatment in treatment centres across nine states -Edo (9), Ebonyi (6), Bauchi (7), Ondo (5), Plateau (1), Osun (1) and Kogi (1) 

A total of 4274 contacts have been identified from 20 states. Of these 662 (15.0%) are currently being followed up, 3605 (84.8%) have completed 21 days follow up while 7(0.2%) were lost follow up. 27 (40%) of the 67 contacts have tested positive from five states (Edo-12, Ondo-7, Ebonyi-3, Kogi -3 and Bauchi-1)  WHO and NCDC has scaled up response at National and State levels  National RRT team (NCDC staff and NFELTP residents) batch C continues response support in Ebonyi, Ondo, Edo, Bauchi and Taraba State 

National Lassa fever multi-partner multi-agency Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels

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