The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, says 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019.
NCDC’s report reads in part;
“Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2019 (21.1 per cent).
“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (range: <1 to 78 years, median age: 33 years). The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:1.2.
“The number of suspected cases has significantly increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2019.”