At least 143 people died of Lassa fever disease within the last 11 months in 22 states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Thursday.

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Spokesperson for the agency Chimezie Anueyiagu made this known while presenting the situation report on the disease at the Media and Civil Society Organisation Advocacy meeting on Lassa fever in Abuja.

He explained that based on collated data between January and November 11, the number of suspected cases of Lassa fever was 3,016.

”Since the outbreaks, there have been 143 deaths in confirmed cases and 17 probable cases. The rate of fatality cases is confirmed as 22.6 per cent,” he said.

”The 22 states have recorded at least one confirmed case of Lassa fever across 90 local government areas.”

But Anueyiagu did not disclose the affected states