Lassa fever Update :Kogi confirms nine cases recorded four deaths

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Kogi State Ministry of Health, has confirmed nine (9) cases of Lassa fever with four (4) 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.

According to Ojotule, Kogi State statistics on Lassa fever outbreak update as at Feb. 8, 2020, has a total of 31 suspected cases.

He said out of the 31 suspected cases of Lassa fever, one was probable, 17 negative, nine (9) confirmed, while five (5) have pending laboratory results.

He added that four (4) deaths had been recorded among the nine confirmed cases with Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 44.4 per cent; the percentage of deaths from the confirmed cases.

He said that the nine confirmed cases were from five local government areas of Ibaji with two, Okene:two, Idah:three, Okehi:one, and Igalamela LGA:one.

The state Epidemiologist, however, noted Contact tracing and follow up were ongoing, adding that a total of 177 contacts had been linelisted.

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