death toll from Lassa fever outbreak reaches 155

The death toll from Lassa fever in Nigeria this year has risen to 155 despite government measures to reduce infections across the country, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced.

In its latest Lassa fever situation report delivered to Xinhua on Saturday, the public health agency said there have been 782 confirmed cases of the disease, with 4,939 suspected cases since the beginning of this year.

The NCDC also clarified that, the case fatality rate in the country currently stands at 19.8%, slightly lower than the 20.2% reported for the same period in 2021, adding that 24 Nigerian states have recorded at least one confirmed case this year, three of them – Ondo, Edo and Bauchi – alone accounting for 68% of all confirmed cases.

According to the World Health Organization, Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease, endemic in the rodent population in parts of West Africa. Lassa virus is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or feces.

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