NCDC Confirms Lassa Fever Spread To Four States, One Death
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
has confirmed five more cases of Lassa fever across four states in the last 11
Two cases were reported from Plateau State,
one from Rivers, and one each from Bauchi and Gombe, NCDC said in a statement
Four of theinfectedpeople
are alive, but the fifth case, from Gombe, died on August 22.
“We commend the early detection and reporting
of the most recent cases, as it significantly improves the likelihood of
survival for the cases and also reduces the risk of further transmission,” said
NCDC chief executive officer Chikwe Ihekweazu.
“We also urge all States to report cases
immediately for Lassa fever while improving on the timeliness of their
Ministries of health in the respective states,
the NCDC and the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme
are investigating and managing those infected.
An NCDC advisory recommends steps states have
to take to prepare for and respond to all cases of Lassa fever and other
NCDC has opened communication lines where
suspected cases can be reported, including its twitter handle @NCDCgov,
Facebook Messenger m.me/NCDCgov and a phone line 080097000010.
This story was published in Independent on Sep 4, 2016
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