Global & Disaster Medicine

Lassa Fever: 9 new confirmed cases were reported from three different states in Nigeria


In the reporting Week 31 (July 30-August 5, 2018) nine new confirmedi cases were reported from Edo(7), Ondo(1) and Enugu(1) with two new deaths from Edo(1) and Enugu (1) 

Enugu state recorded the first confirmed case in the state since the beginning of the outbreak with death in the confirmed case  From 1st January to 5th August 2018, a total of 2334 suspected cases have been reported from 22 states. Of these, 481 were confirmed positive, 10 are probable, 1844 negative (not a case) 

Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 123 deaths in confirmed cases and 10 in probable cases.

Case Fatality Rate in confirmed cases is 25.6%  

In the reporting week 31, no new healthcare worker was infected. Thirty-nine health care workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in seven states

A total of 6383 contacts have been identified from 22 states. Of these 439(6.9%) are currently being followed up, 5846 (91.6%) have completed 21 days follow up while 10(0.2%) were lost to follow up. 88 (1.4%) symptomatic contacts have been identified, of which 30 (34%) have tested positive from five states

Lassa fever national multi-partner, multi-agency Technical Working Group(TWG) continues to coordinate response activities at all levels

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