Nigeria’s Public Health Actions Trigger Decline in Lassa fever Reported Cases

Nigeria: FMC Umuahia Places 30 Persons under Surveillance as Lassa Kills Doctor
Nigeria: FMC Umuahia Places 30 Persons under Surveillance as Lassa Kills Doctor

The WHO, World Health Organization has disclosed in its disease outbreak report released over the weekend in Abuja, says the Lassa Fever outbreak measured by the number of weekly reported cases and deaths, has shown a decreasing trend in Nigeria in the most recent weeks. According to the report from January 1st to March 18th 2018, 1495 suspected cases and 119 deaths has been reported from 19 states, during which 376 patients were confirmed, 9 classified as probable, 1084 tested negative and 26 are awaiting laboratory report. However, among the 376 cases classified as confirmed, 9 were classified as probable, 95 deaths reported, indicating a case fatality rate for confirmed and probable cases as 24.7%. It is however said that the public health actions taken by the federal ministry of health in partnership with key stakeholders in the domains of enhanced surveillance, contact tracking, strengthening of diagnostic capacity, case management, infection prevention and control and risk communication, triggered a downward trend in the number of reported cases and deaths beginning from mid- February. Who however, warned that the declining trend needs to be interpreted with caution as the high transmission period hasn’t passed and that Nigeria’s porous borders still indicate a risk of spreading from neighboring countries.

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