Over 70 killed in raging Nigeria fever outbreak

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria,
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A SPIRALLING outbreak of Lassa fever has claimed the lives of 77 Nigerians.
With no end seemingly in sight, the fever has wreaked havoc in 17 of the West African country’s 36 states.The disease is among the most lethal, with a fatality rate of about 37 percent.
Over 200 cases have been reported since the beginning of the year.Since the beginning of July, new suspected cases have been reported in Plateau and Ondo States.Results and samples are pending in the Bauchi State.
Lassa fever is an acute and often fatal viral disease occurring chiefly in West Africa.It is usually acquired from infected rats.
The virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or waste.
Person-to-person infections and laboratory transmission can also occur,particularly in hospitals lacking adequate infection prevention and control measures.Death usually occurs within 14 days of onset in fatal cases.
– CAJ News

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