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Lassa fever claims 90 lives in Nigeria

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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has officially confirmed the death of 90 people from Lassa fever.

This was contained in the situation report from NCDC for week eight released on Friday.

It showed that from January 1 to February 25, 2018, 1081 suspected cases and 90 deaths were reported from 18 states, an increase from the initial 54.

These states are: Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe and Ekiti.

14 health workers were also affected in six states – Ebonyi (seven), Nasarawa (one), Kogi (one), Benue (one), Ondo (one) and Edo (three) with four deaths in Ebonyi and one in Kogi.

Edo has the highest number (43%) of all confirmed cases, followed by Ondo (26%).

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