The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five fresh cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
The agency said the cases were discovered just between the end of August and September; two in Plateau state, one each in Rivers, Bauchi and Gombe states.
NCDC, in a statement on Friday, September 2 by its head, Chikwe Ihekweazu said that instant efforts have commenced immediately in all the affected states to protect people.
The case reported from Gombe died on 22nd August 2016, all other cases are alive,” NCDC said in a statement on Friday, September 2 while also saying that instant efforts have commenced immediately in all the affected states to protect people. Resources were immediately mobilised from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and its partner, the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP), to support the investigation and management of cases in the affected states.
We commend the early detection and reporting of the most recent cases, as it significantly improves the likelihood of survival for the cases and also reduces the risk of further transmission.
We also urge all States to report cases immediately for Lassa fever while improving on the timeliness of their reporting generally.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control remains committed to supporting the States to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
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