With cases risen to 4,632 and 102 deaths recorded, NCDC, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, has in an advisory released on Sunday warned Nigerians that Lassa fever could be suspect in some malaria-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, and cough among others.
The NCDC said, “Lassa fever initially presents like any other febrile disease such as malaria. Its symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pains, chest pain and in severe cases, unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth and other body openings.
“Healthcare workers should maintain a high index suspicion for Lassa fever. Any illness that has not responded to 48 hours use of anti-malaria or antibiotics should raise an index suspicion for Lassa fever
“The time between an infection and appearance of symptoms of the disease is 6 to 21 days. Early diagnosis and treatment increase the chances of survival”.
The NCDC statistics shows Ondo State recording the highest number of deaths, at 47 deaths; Edo State reported 15 deaths, Bauchi State 12; Taraba State 12; Ebonyi State 9; Kaduna State 4; Enugu State 1 and Nasarawa State with 2 deaths.
These deaths were recorded against the following NCDC case statistics, “Edo 2,725; Ondo 1,006; Bauchi 164; Ebonyi 143; Nassarawa 79; Taraba 72; FCT 59; Kaduna 53;Delta 50; Plateau 42; Benue 34; Kano 24 Gombe 22; Kogi 17;Lagos 16; Borno 15; Enugu 14.
Others include Jigawa 12; Abia 11; Anambra 10; Rivers 10; Imo 9; Adamawa 8; Kwara 4; Yobe 4; Oyo 4; Cross River 4; Bayelsa 3; Sokoto 3; Ekiti 3; Ogun 3; Osun 3; Katsina 2; Kebbi 2; Niger 1 and Zamfara 1.
The NCDC said, “Confirmed cases are treated at identified treatment centres across the country, Lassa fever alert letter sent to states, response team have been deployed to three states.