3 September 2016
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five cases of Lassa Fever in Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau and Rivers States.
It said the cases were recorded between August 24 and September 2.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, in a statement in Lagos, said two cases were reported in Plateau and one each in Rivers, Bauchi and Gombe states.
Ihekweazu said in the statement that the victim in Gombe died on August 22, while other victims are still alive.
He assured that public health response began immediately in all the affected states under the leadership of the respective state’s Ministries of Health.
According to him, resources were immediately mobilised from NCDC and its partner, the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, 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 improved the likelihood of survival for the cases and also reduced the risk of further transmission.
“We also urge states to report cases of Lassa fever immediately, while improving on the timeliness of their reporting generally.
“As a result of increasing number of cases, the NCDC is issuing an advisory to all states reminding them of the steps they have to take to prepare and respond to cases of Lassa fever and other haemorrhagic fevers, as well as the resources that they can access for this,” he said.
The chief executive officer said that the NCDC remained committed to supporting the state governments to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
Lassa fever is generally contracted through the consumption of foods and liquids contaminated by rodents’ waste products, making unhealthy exposure of foods and drinks fatally dangerous.