New outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria

Three people have died and at least 10 members of the same family are infected with Lassa virus. The cases reside in Jaye village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi State.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for the general traveller is low. This infection is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items that are contaminated with rodent excreta or through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. 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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