Lassa fever cases increase in some Nigerian states

Recently, the number of reported cases has increased in the states of Edo, Gombe, Kwara and Plateau, but nearly all states reported at least some cases. The national total so far is 156 cases, less than reported last year.

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Advice For Travellers

Although most infections are mild, Lassa fever can be a severe viral haemorrhagic illness in 1 out of every 5 infected people. Since this infection is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items that are contaminated with rodent excreta, travellers should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and faeces. Travellers should also practice careful personal hygiene such as frequent hand washing and avoid contact with sick patients.

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