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Edo, Ondo, Bauchi account for 84% cases of Lassa Fever — NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) says Edo, Ondo, and Bauchi states account for 84 per cent of Lassa fever infection in the country.

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The Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

Adetifa said that between January 2 and 15, the country recorded 369 suspected cases of Lassa fever, adding that 105 of this number were confirmed positive from 30 LGAs in 10 states.

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He said the 10 states included Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Oyo, Plateau and Nasarawa.

The NCDC boss said there had been seven deaths with a Case Fatality Rate, CFR, of 6.7 per cent in the country.

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“Support offered includes capacity building and training healthcare workers on infection prevention and control, clinician training on Lassa fever case management (including the provision of Ribavirin, consumables such as intravenous fluids, antibiotics, personal protective equipment (PPE), body bags, etc.),

“The development and dissemination of protocols and guidelines, the set up and maintenance of a network of laboratories for Lassa fever diagnosis (including training, maintaining quality management systems, provision of all consumables required for testing). As well as risk communication and community engagement activities to raise awareness,” he said.

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