The death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has increased to 110, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.
In its latest weekly report which was released on Tuesday, the health agency said a total of 1121 suspected cases have been reported from the beginning of the year to March 4, out of which 353 are confirmed positive.
It said eight of those cases are probable; 723, negative; and 37, awaiting laboratory results.
The centre also said 35 new cases of the virus were confirmed in five states from February 26 to March 4, with a breakdown of the cases showing: Edo (19), Ondo (five), Bauchi (one), Ebonyi (nine) and Plateau (one).
Out of the 35 cases, seven deaths were recorded from three states of Ondo (two), Edo (two), and Ebonyi (three). The country is currently battling its largest Lassa fever outbreak on record.
According to the NCDC, sixteen health care workers have so far been affected in six states –Ebonyi (nine), Nasarawa (one), Kogi (one), Benue (one), Ondo (one) and Edo (three) with four deaths in Ebonyi (three) and Kogi (one).
“The disease outbreak is active in 18 states: Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe and Ekiti,” the NCDC report said.
“Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 110 deaths: 78 in positive-confirmed cases, 8 in probable cases and 24 in negative cases,” states the report.