NCDC confirms 23 new cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 23 new cases of Lassa fever that were recorded between Feb. 18 and Feb. 24.

NCDC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that 1,279 suspected cases had been reported from 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from Jan. 1 to Feb. 24, 2019.

He said that 381 of this figure were confirmed positive, 15 probable and 858 negative. According to him, from the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there have been 83 deaths in confirmed cases. Case fatality ratio in confirmed cases is 21.8 per cent, he said.

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