Amid efforts to curb Coronavirus outbreak, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the Lassa fever death toll in the country has risen to 176.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the total number of deaths as at last week was 161 which literally means that 15 people recently died of the disease.

28 new cases of the disease which is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces

have been confirmed. The states with highest new confirmed cases are Edo (eight) and Ondo (five).

Others states where new cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed include Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, FCT, Benue and Gombe