Professor Isaac Adewole says that the spread of lassa fever in Nigeria is under control even as he cautions that there should be no complacency in tackling the disease which has claimed 49 lives
THE current outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria is under control as evidenced by decline in new suspected cases, new laboratory confirmed cases and newly reported cases by week. According to a statement from the federal ministry of health, despite this achievement, however, “it will be dangerous if we go complacent at this stage, as we could record another flare-up and a second wave deep in the dry season’.
This is why Professor Isaac Adewole, has instructed the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to work closely with the Lassa Fever Eradication Committee and other partners to develop a Lassa Fever Control strategy that will withstand the test of time.
Adewole’s statement is against the background that that on the January 8, he briefed the nation about the Lassa fever outbreak that started in December 2015 and which has now affected 20 States of the Federation. As at February 10, Nigeria has recorded 176 cases with 108 deaths given a case fatality rate of 61.4 percent. Out of this 78 are confirmed cases and 49 deaths given a specific case fatality rate of 62.8 percent.
The total cases reported (suspected, probable and confirmed): 176; Total deaths (suspected, probable and confirmed): 108 (CFR: 61.4 percent). Total confirmed cases: 78; Deaths in confirmed cases: 49 (CFR: 62.8 percent). As at today, 20 states are currently following up contacts, or have suspected or probable cases with laboratory results pending or laboratory confirmed cases.
— Feb 11, 2016 @ 17:40 GMT