A total of 185 Nigerians have died from Lassa fever, with 951 cases confirmed in the country since the beginning of this year, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
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The agency revealed this in its latest situation report on the disease for week 13, posted on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.
The NCDC noted that the number of new cases decreased from 28 in week 12, to 19 in the reporting week.
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According to the agency, new cases were reported in eight states, namely, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and Delta.
It added that one new death from the disease was reported in week 13, while the predominant age group affected has been within 21 to 30 years.
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Lassa fever, a viral haemorrhagic fever, is endemic in some parts of West Africa, and is usually passed on through food contaminated with infected rat urine or faeces.
In 80 per cent of cases, the fever is asymptomatic, but for some, the symptoms, include high fever, headache, mouth ulcers, muscle aches, haemorrhaging under the skin, heart and kidney failure.
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It has an incubation period of between six and 21 days, and can be transmitted through contact with an infected person via bodily fluids and excretion.