Lassa Fever strikes 188 Nigerians dead in three months

Lassa Fever

Doctors attending to Lassa Fever patient

Doctors attending to Lassa Fever patient
Doctors attending to Lassa Fever patient

Nigeria is paying more attention to Coronavirus, but a deadlier Lassa Fever has killed 188 Nigerians within three months.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Thursday revealed that between January 2020 and now 963 cases of Lassa Fever have been confirmed in the country.

NCDC added that within the period, the deadly Lassa Fever has struck dead 188 Nigerians.

“Since the onset of the Lassa Fever outbreak this year, 963 confirmed cases and 188 deaths have been recorded.

“A National Emergency Operation Centre, EOC, was activated to coordinate all response activities.

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“We’ve not dropping the ball regardless of #COVID19Nigeria,” it said.

Lassa Fever was first discovered about 50 years ago in Nigeria and is endemic in the country.

“Health care workers are advised to have a high index of suspicion and adhere to standard precaution always,” the body said.