Reduction in Lassa Fever in Nigeria this year

The total number of reported cases of Lassa fever has reached 200, far fewer than the 839 cases for the same period in 2014. States reporting sporadic cases include Bauchi, Borno, Edo (157 cases and 4 deaths), Gombe, Kogi, Kwara,
Nasarawa, Ondo, Plateau, and Taraba.

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Advice For Travellers

Although most infections are mild, Lassa fever can be a severe viral haemorrhagic illness in 1 out of every 5 infected people. 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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