Lassa fever claims more victims in Nigeria

So far this year, there have been 11 reported deaths due to Lassa fever. Last year (2012), 23 states in the country reported 87 deaths. Lassa fever can be a severe viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa haemorrhagic fever virus. 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. Travellers to the areas where the disease has been reported can reduce the risk of exposure by exercising caution and avoiding exposure to potentially contaminated food.

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