Disease Control Centre worried over Lassa fever, cholera outbreaks

Death toll from Lassa fever outbreak since January this year, has risen to 101 nationwide.

The new figure, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was recorded as at last Saturday.

The centre says, there are also confirmed 408 cases from 20 states, including Delta, Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Federal Capital Territory and Gombe State.

Other affected states are Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers and Taraba.

Also, the centre said it is worried over the outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country.

This year alone, 37 deaths have been recorded from about 2,000 cases of the disease reported.

Dr. Adesola Ogunleye of the centre’s Cholera Technical Working Group, raised the alarm at the Hygiene Emergency Workshop in Abuja.

She listed states with high incidence of the disease as Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi, Oyo, Kano, Yobe, and Zamfara State.

Bauchi state, according to her, has the highest level of outbreak with 932 cases.

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