NCDC declares Lassa fever outbreak

The Nigeria Centre for Disease for Control has activated an emergency operations centre to coordinate response to an outbreak of Lassa fever.

“There has been an increase in the number of Lassa fever cases reported from several states across the country since the beginning of the year,” said NCDC director-general Chikwe Ihekweazu.

A total of 60 confirmed cases have been reported in eight states in the first two weeks of January alone.

Recent data on outbreaks indicate a trend of infections usually occurs during the dry season, between January and April.

The emergency operations centre comprises representatives from the World Health Organization, ministries of environment, agriculture and rural development, and the US Centres for Disease Control.

NCDC has deployed rapid response teams and supplies to states to prepare for the expected Lassa fever emergency.

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