The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has on Thursday confirmed 80 deaths of the endemic, Lassa fever in Nigeria. It says that since January 2021; the country has recorded over 434 cases of the disease.
Why it matters?
Lassa fever is a virus that is transmitted by rodents in households or the environment. Its known symptoms are body weakness, fever, headache, and bleeding through the mouth or nostrils.
According to the NCDC, there have been reports of 434 cases from all over the country since the start of the year from the seven different laboratories present in Nigeria.
The NCDC says that Edo has recorded the highest number of cases with 192 cases, followed by Ondo state 150, then Taraba 21, Ebonyi 17, Bauchi 15, Benue 8, Enugu 5, Nasarawa and Kogi recorded 3 cases each while Cross River, Anambra, Delta and Abia have 1 case each.