Outbreak of Rift Valley fever continues in western Niger

The outbreak of Rift Valley fever started in the Tahoua region in August and has continued to spread resulting in a total of 90 infected people to date, and 28 deaths. Migrating animal herders pose a large threat to the outbreak spreading across borders when travelling with infected animals.

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Human infections result from direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals during slaughtering or butchering, assisting with animal births, conducting veterinary procedures, or from the disposal of carcasses or fetuses. Humans may also become infected with Rift Valley Fever by ingesting the unpasteurized or uncooked milk of infected animals. Infections have also resulted from the bites of infected mosquitoes.