Lassa fever kills 41 people in Nigeria

indafrica May 17, 2020
Updated 2020/05/17 at 8:45 AM

A total of 41 deaths from Lassa fever have been recorded in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Bauchi since the onset of viral disease outbreak in the country early this year.

Lassa fever is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rodent faeces or urine [File: Simon Akam/Reuters]

Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, told reporters that a case of COVID-19 reported early has greater chances to get treated and recover than cases of Lassa fever in the state.

He said the state government has intensified training of staff on how to carry out effective fumigation and spraying to prevent the spread of the disease.

Lassa fever is reportedly transmitted when saliva, urine and excreta of rats come into contact with humans. In some cases, it has similar symptoms as malaria.

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