The result of the Lassa fever risk assessment placed Nigeria at very high risk, as transmission increased compared to previous years, as the number of infected states increased.

The Director General of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ifedayo Adetifa, revealed this to the Nigerian News Agency yesterday.

It said 244 Lassa fever cases were confirmed in 16 states and the FCT with 37 deaths (a 15.1% case fatality rate) recorded as of January 22.

He listed the states that recorded the cases as Ondo (90), Edo (89), Bauchi (13), Taraba (10), Benue (9), Ebonyi (9), Nasarawa (7), Plateau (5), Kogi ( 4), Anambra (2), Delta (1), Oyo (1), Adamawa (1), Enugu (1), Imo (1) and FCT (1).

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“Healthcare workers have also been shown to be at higher risk of infection and death,” he said.

He said the NCDC activated a national multi-sector Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on January 20 to coordinate and strengthen ongoing response activities.

He said that prior to EOC activation, NCDC had deployed national rapid response teams to critical states to support contact tracing, case management, risk communication, and community engagement, among others. YAYA