As outbreak control efforts have been intensified, only five new confirmed cases of Lassa fever were reported in the week that ended on the 15th of April 2018. This is the lowest number of cases reported in a single week since January 2018. This also marks the eighth week of continuous decline in new confirmed cases showing that the efforts to control the outbreak are bearing fruit.
The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole remarked on the current situation:
- 13 additional suspected cholera cases was reported between the 11th and 17th of April 2018
- No deaths reported during this period
- No new alerts
- No cases reported from Kukawa ward in more than the duration of two incubation periods
CONTACT TRACING: A CRITICAL ACTIVITY FOR ENHANCED SURVEILLANCE
In Epi-week 14, Nigeria continued to record a decline in the number of new confirmed cases of Lassa fever. However, contact tracing remains an important aspect of the outbreak response activities, ensuring no case is missed.
Contact tracing is a critical aspect of surveillance activities for Lassa fever. Contacts are categorised based on the level of contact with infected patients and/or their body fluids. This is seen in the table below:
Category of Contact::
No Risk Contact
The Cadre Harmonisé (CH) is the current ECOWAS/Sahelian Regional framework for consensual analysis of acute food insecurity situations. The results of this analysis for sixteen northern states of Nigeria and the FCT were arrived at after analyzing the food and nutrition security outcome indicators and their relevant contributing factors namely, Hazards and Vulnerability, Food Availability, Access, Utilization including Water, and Stability.
Performance indicators (Epi Week 14):
In Epidemiological Week 14 2018, a total of 21 out of 21 LGAs (including 06 IDP camps) submitted their weekly reports as
timeliness and completeness of reporting were 100% and 100% respectively at LGA level (target 80% timeliness, 90% completeness).
MEASLES: 10 cases of suspected measles reported with cumulative case count of 311 and 03 deaths. CFR is 1.0%
AFP: 07 case of AFP reported with cumulative case count of 116.