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LASSA FEVER: Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States – Minister

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The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said the current outbreak of Lassa fever has affected 15 states with 105 laboratory confirmed cases, three probable cases and 31 deaths.

Adewole, who made this known at the Emergency National Council of Health in Abuja, said that in 2018 alone, Nigeria recorded 77 cases of Lassa fever.

According to him, the cases were in Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states.

The minister said 10 health care workers were affected in four states; seven in Ebonyi with one health worker from Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states.

Adewole said of the 31 deaths from Lassa fever outbreak, four health workers died as a result of the disease; three deaths were recorded in Ebonyi and one in Kogi.

The minister, therefore, said the meeting was summoned to discuss the state of public health challenges in Nigeria with focus on some the challenges that bedeviled the nation in the past few weeks.

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