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Nigeria Records Spike In Lassa Fever, Monkey Pox – NCDC

Monday 12 September 2022

Latest figures by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  have shown that the country recorded a spike in Monkeypox and Lassa fever over the last week.

According to the latest update on Monkeypox (MPX) in Nigeria, published yesterday by NCDC, “100 new suspected cases were reported in Epi week 34, 2022 (August 22 to 28, 2022) from 21 states: Lagos (17), Abia (16), Imo (14), Delta (seven), Ondo (seven), Bayelsa (five), Gombe (five), Rivers (four), Benue (three), Ebonyi (three), Edo (three), Plateau (three), FCT (two), Katsina (two), Osun (two), Taraba (two), Anambra (one), Enugu (one), Kano (one), and Oyo (one).

The figures from NCDC show that from January 1 to August 28, 2022, Nigeria recorded 704 suspected cases, with 277 confirmed cases (186 male, 91 female) from 30 states: Lagos (49), Ondo (22), Bayelsa (19), Rivers (18), Edo (16), Adamawa (15), Abia (15), Delta (14), FCT (11), Imo (11), Anambra (10), Nasarawa (nine), Ogun (seven), Plateau (six), Taraba (five), Kwara (five), Kano (five), Gombe (five), Ebonyi (five), Oyo (five), Katsina (five), Cross River (four), Benue (four), Borno (three), Kogi (three), Akwa Ibom (two), Niger (one), Bauchi (one), Osun (one) and Kaduna (one).

The NCDC noted that six associated deaths were recorded from six states in 2022: Delta (one), Lagos (one), Ondo (one) and Akwa Ibom (one), Kogi (one), and Taraba (one).
Also, NCDC reported that the number of new confirmed cases of Lassa fever increased from five in week 34, 2022, to 10 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo and Nasarawa State.

NCDC notes: “Cumulatively, from week 1 to week 35, 2022, 170 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.7 per cent, which is lower than CFR for the same period in 2021 (22.7 per cent).

“In total for 2022, 25 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 Local Councils.

“Of all confirmed cases, 70 per cent are from Ondo (31 per cent), Edo (26 per cent) and Bauchi (13 per cent).

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“The predominant age group affected is 21 to 30 years. The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. The number of suspected cases has increased, compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare workers affected in the reporting week 35.

“The National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels,” NCDC added.

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via: Information Nigeria

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