Lassa fever now reported in 17 Nigerian states

The number of reports of people infected with the Lassa fever virus is increasing. A total of 212 cases with 63 deaths have been registered. The six most affected states include Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi and Ondo states.

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Advice For Travellers

Although reports of Lassa fever are receiving considerable media attention, the risk for most travellers is very low. Cases of people infected with this virus occur sporadically across the country. 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 with frequent hand washing especially when caring for sick patients who might have this infection. Although most infections are mild, Lassa fever can be a severe viral haemorrhagic illness in 1 out of every 5 infected people.

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