The Lassa fever outbreak which continues to ravage parts of Nigeria has already claimed 41 lives since the start of the new year. This is according to a report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The agency has been computing figures weekly since 2019 and has revealed that stated that the number of newly confirmed cases and deaths is gradually on the rise.
The NCDC weekly reports show that Between January 1 and 26, a total of 689 suspected cases with 258 confirmed cases were reported with 41 deaths.
These cases were reported from 19 states including Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kano, Borno, Nasarawa, Kogi, Rivers, Abia, Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Delta, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Osun and Ogun. Five health workers were among the dead: Kano (3), Taraba (1) and Borno (1).
However, there is very little difference in the number of deaths recorded: 41 so far in 2020 compared to 42 in the same period in 2019.