More Lassa fever cases in Nigeria

This past week, there were 17 new suspected cases of Lassa fever, but no deaths, reported by Esan Central and Etsako West in Edo State. The total for the year is now 820 cases and 28 deaths from 12 of Nigeria's states.

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.

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