NCDC headquarter

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said Nigeria has recorded 16 deaths from 61 confirmed cases of Lassa fever across the country in 2018.

NCDC in a press statement released on Wednesday said a total number of 107 suspected cases has been recorded in ten states across the country.

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The states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo and Lagos.

According to the health agency, as at January 21, ten out of the 61 confirmed cases were health care workers from four states Ebonyi- 7, Nasarawa -1, Kogi- 1 and Benue -1 out of which four are now deceased.

The Executive Director, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, advised health workers to practice standard precautions at all times when treating Lassa fever cases.

He said health workers should maintain a high index of suspicion while treating patients with aliments which presents malaria symptoms because Lassa fever appears initially like any other disease, causing a febrile illness such as malaria.