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Lassa fever epidemic, 60 cases reported in Abuja, 7 other states

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Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), made the announcement of the Lassa fever epidemic yesterday in Abuja at the international conference on this infection.

A total of 172 suspected cases were identified, of which 60 were confirmed positive and 112 negative. The presence of Lassa fever is reported in the states of Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

Ihekweazu revealed that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Lassa fever reported in several states of the country since the beginning of the year and that recent epidemiological data show that the trend is generally manifested during the dry season, between January and April.

In details of cases that have been reported, the director of the NCDC said that “on January 13, 2019, a total of 60 confirmed cases were reported in eight states” of the country and taking into account this increase in the number of cases of fever Lassa reported, the Center said it is an epidemic.

The Emergency Operations Center includes representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Federal Ministry of the Environment, the US Centers for Disease Control as well as other partners.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease, transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by infected rodents. Person-to-person transmission can also occur, especially in hospitals, in the absence of adequate infection control measures.

As a precaution, the NCDC advocates the storage of grain and other food products away from rodents, throwing garbage away from home, maintaining housekeeping and other measures to keep rodents away from home. concessions.

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