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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Number of People Killed by Lassa Fever So Far In Nigeria Will Shock You

The death toll of this current outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria has beginning to rise at an alarming rate calling for serious attention of government. 

A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday, according to Vanguard.

Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease -- both confirmed and suspected - stood at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

"As at today, 19 (including Abuja) states are currently following up contacts, or have suspected cases with laboratory results pending or laboratory confirmed cases," the NCDC said in a statement.

Deaths from the virus were recorded in the nation's political capital, Abuja, Lagos, and 14 other states, the NCDC said.

While health authorities assure Africa's most populous country of more than 170 million they have the virus under control, there are fears the actual scale of the outbreak is under-reported.

The outbreak of Lassa fever was only announced in January - months after the first case of the disease happened in August - with subsequent deaths reported in 10 states, including Abuja.

Last year, 12 people died in Nigeria out of 375 infected, while in 2012 there were 1,723 cases and 112 deaths, according to the NCDC.

In neighbouring Benin at least nine people have died in a Lassa outbreak, with a total of 20 suspected cases, health authorities said Tuesday.

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