The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said the number of suspected cases of Lassa fever reported so far this year is higher than what was reported for the same period in the year 2021.
The Centre disclosed that a total of 123 deaths had been reported between January 1 and March 20, 2022.
Since the last outbreak of the disease in 2016, the Centre noted that there had been an increase in the number of recurring cases. In 2019, a total of 796 cases were reported, while in 2020, a total of 1,165 cases were confirmed.
So far in 2022, a total of 3,316 suspected cases have been reported from 91 local government areas across 23 states of the federation Hence, indicating that the number of suspected cases has since increased to that reported for the same period in 2021.
The NCDC reported that of all confirmed cases, 68 per cent are from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi states. The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years.
The Federal Government agency appealed to health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion for Lassa fever through vigilance, and look out for symptoms of the disease, adding that not all fevers are malaria.