Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, today said that death toll from the recent Lassa fever outbreak is now 40 adding that the disease has spread to ten states since the last six weeks.
Adewole in a news conference in Abuja explained that: “In the last six weeks Nigeria has been experiencing Lassa fever outbreak which so far has affected 10 states in the country. The states affected include Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo state.
“The total number so far reported is 86 and 40 deaths with the mortality rate of 45%.
“Our laboratories have confirmed 22 cases so far, indicative of a new round trip of Lassa fever outbreak”.