The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) said on Saturday the number of confirmed Lassa fever cases has increased significantly with 162 deaths this year.
The NCDC said on its official website that the country registered 10 Lassa fever cases across four states in one week, spanning May 20 to 26.
Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic (excessive bleeding) illness.
It is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by infected rodents or contaminated persons.
Its symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pains, and chest pain.
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In severe cases, it manifests in unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and other body openings.
The NCDC said the number of confirmed cases rose from four recorded the previous week.
It also reported an increase in the number of suspected cases compared to the same period in 2023.
Cumulatively, the agency said the country has recorded 897 confirmed cases and 162 deaths this year with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.1 percent compared to 17.1 percent recorded in the same period in 2023.
According to NCDC, 28 states have confirmed at least one case across 125 local government areas this year.
It noted that 65 percent of the cases were recorded in Ondo, Bauchi, Edo, and Plateau, while 35 percent were reported from 25 states.

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