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Lassa Fever: 185 Killed, 951 Cases Confirmed In 2020 – NCDC

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A complete of 185 folks have died of Lassa fever with 951 instances confirmed within the nation for the reason that starting of the yr 2020.

The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) revealed this in its newest state of affairs report on the illness for week 13 posted on its Twitter deal with on Thursday.

It famous that the variety of new instances confirmed decreased from 28 instances in week 12 to 19 instances within the reporting week.

Based on the company, the brand new instances have been reported in eight states of Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and Delta.

It added that one new dying from Lassa fever was reported in week 13 whereas the predominant age-group affected was 21-30 years.

Lassa fever, a viral haemorrhagic fever, is endemic in some elements of West Africa and is often handed on via meals contaminated with contaminated rat urine or faeces.

In 80 per cent of instances, the fever is asymptomatic however for some, the signs embody excessive fever, headache, mouth ulcers, muscle aches, haemorrhaging below the pores and skin and coronary heart and kidney failure.

It has an incubation interval of between six and 21 days and may be transmitted via contact with an contaminated particular person through bodily fluids and excretion.

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