About 195 confirmed cases of Lassa fever and 29 deaths have been reported in 11 states as at 24th of January 2020.
In response to the increasing number of Lassa fever cases across states in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities.
Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this on Friday, noted that out of the confirmed cases, 89% are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi States, stressing that the increase in the number of cases at this time of the year is not unusual due to ecological factors.
Ihekweazu said the National EOC includes representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Environment, World Health Organization, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control, and other partners.
He said that over the last three weeks, NCDC has deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states adding that the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire led a high-level delegation to Kano State on the 25th of January 2020, following the deaths of two health workers infected with Lassa fever.