2019 Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria: NCDC Situation Report #5 – 3 February 2019


In the reporting Week 05 (January 28- February 03, 2019) sixty-eight new confirmedi cases were reported from Edo(20), Ondo(22), Ebonyi(7), Bauchi(4), Plateau(4), Nasarawa(1), Taraba(3),

Benue(1), Kaduna(1), Kwara(1), Oyo(2), Delta(1), and Rivers(1) States with fourteen new deaths in Edo(2), Ondo(1),Rivers(1) Plateau(2), Oyo(1), Ebonyi(4 ), Enugu(1), Taraba(1) and Nasarawa(1)

From 1st to 3 rd February 2019, a total of 731 suspectedi cases have been reported from 19 States.

Of these, 275 were confirmed positive, 3 probable and 453 negative (not a case)

Since the onset of the 2019 outbreak,there have been 57 deaths in confirmed cases. Case fatality rate in confirmed cases is 20.7%

Nineteen States (Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Taraba, FCT, Adamawa, Gombe,

Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Rivers, Kogi, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Oyo) have recorded at least one confirmed case across 51 Local Government Areas- Figure 1

In the reporting week 05, four new healthcare workers were affected in Edo State. A total of nine health care workers have been affected since the onset of the outbreak in four States � Ebonyi (1), Ondo (2), Enugu(1) and Edo(5) with one death in Enugu

Ninety-eight patients are currently being managed at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital(ISTH) treatment Centre (42), Federal Medical Centre Owo (25), Federal Teaching Hospital Abakiliki (8)

Bauchi (5), Plateau(7) and others (11) States

A total of 2791 contacts have been identified from nine States. Of these 2080(74.5%) are currently being followed up, 647(23.2%) have completed 21 days follow up. 23(0.8.1%) symptomatic contacts have been identified, of which 13 (0.4%) have tested positive

Multi sectoral one health national rapid response team (NCDC, NFELTP, Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Federal Ministry of Environment) deployed to Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Plateau and Bauchi

High level advocacy visit by the Director General and WHO NCDC to Plateau State Governor

National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre(EOC) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels

Source: Government of Nigeria