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Nigeria records 48 new cases of Lassa Fever in one week

48 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever were in one week recorded from January 3 – 9, 2022, the latest epidemiological data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has shown.

The report showed that in the same week, there were 222 suspected cases of the disease with two deaths reported.

The cases were reported in ten States and 20 local government areas.

The States are Bauchi, Edo, Ondo, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Kogi, Cross River and Ebonyi.

Furthermore, the NCDC stated that of all confirmed cases, three states accounted for 79 per cent.

The States are from Bauchi (29 per cent), Edo (27 per cent) and Ondo (23 per cent) States.

The agency, while urging Nigerians to keep their environment clean to prevent Lassa Fever, also explained that the virus is spread through contact with the body fluids of infected persons; urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rodents; and objects, household items, surfaces or eating food contaminated by infected rodents.

It also urged Nigerians to avoid self-medication and report immediately to a health facility for diagnosis when ill.

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