Two deaths from Lassa fever have been confirmed in Ebonyi and Ondo States by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The NCDC made this Known in its week 41 report (October 8-14, 2018), which was published yesterday. The report also confirmed 13 new cases of Lassa fever from Ondo (four), Edo(four), Ebonyi (two), Imo (one), Kogi (one), and Delta (one).
According to the centre, a total of 2,706 suspected cases have been reported from 22 states from January 1 to October 14, 2018.
536 of the suspected cases were confirmed positive, 16 probable, and 2153 negative (not a case).
The NCDC noted that since the 2018 outbreak began, there have been 137 in confirmed cases, 16 in probable cases and the case fatality rate in confirmed cases stood at 25.6 percent.
The report also stated that 22 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 89 local government areas. The states are Lagos, FCT, Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, Gombe, Ekiti, Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Adamawa.
However, 15 states have exited the active stage of the outbreak, while seven: Imo, Kogi, Bauchi, Ondo, Ebonyi, Edo, and Delta states are still active.
Meanwhile, no new health worker has been infected according to the NCDC week 41 report. Since the outbreak began, 40 health workers, have been affected in seven states of Ebonyi (16), Edo (15), Ondo (four), Kogi (two), Taraba (one), Abia (one), Nasarawa (one), with 10 deaths in Ebonyi (six), Abia (one), Edo (one), Ondo (one).
82 percent of all the confirmed cases are from Edo state with 46 percent, Ondo, 23 percent, and Ebonyi with 13 percent.
According to reports, 20 patients are currently being managed at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH); Treatment centre (nine) and Federal Medical centre (FMC) Owo (six).
Others include Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (three) and FMC Umuahia (one) Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi (one).