Lassa Fever reported in Rivers State, Nigeria

Two deaths due to Lassa Fever, a mother and her newborn child, have been reported in Rivers State.

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Advice For Travellers

There were no Lassa fever cases reported in Rivers state in 2015, but sporadic infections were reported by 12 states in Nigeria. The risk for the general traveller is low. 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 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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