Lassa fever is serious problem in 23 of 36 Nigerian states

So far this year, there have been 93 suspected and confirmed cases of Lassa fever reported by 9 states (Bauchi, Borno, Edo, Gombe, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo, Plateau, and Taraba). Lassa fever is now considered to be a serious problem in 23 of the 36 states.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Lassa Fever.

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