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Kogi confirms 4 deaths, 9 cases from Lassa fever

Kogi State Ministry of Health has confirmed nine cases of Lassa fever with four deaths recorded since the outbreak of the deadly disease in the…

Kogi State Ministry of Health has confirmed nine cases of Lassa fever with four deaths recorded since the outbreak of the deadly disease in the state about a month ago.

Dr Austin Ojotule, the State Epidemiologist, disclosed this in statement in Lokoja on Sunday.

He said the state’s statistics on Lassa fever outbreak update as at Feb. 8, 2020, recorded total of 31 suspected cases.

He said out of the 31 suspected cases, one was probable, 17 negative, nine confirmed, while five  had pending laboratory results.

He said that four deaths had been recorded among the nine confirmed cases with Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 44.4 per cent, being the percentage of deaths from the confirmed cases.

The official said that the nine confirmed cases were from five local government areas of Ibaji with two; Okene also two; Idah, three; Okehi, one; and Igalamela Local Government Area, one.

He, however, noted that contact tracing and follow-up were ongoing, adding that a total of 177 contacts had been line listed. (NAN)