Nigeria moves to contain rising Lassa fever cases

27/1/2022 4:29:00 PM

Nigeria moves to contain rising Lassa fever cases

https://str.sg/wd3LLAGOS (AFP) - Nigeria has set up an emergency response centre to contain rising cases of Lassa fever after 26 people were killed in the past three weeks, the country's disease control agency said.Endemic to Nigeria, Lassa fever belongs to the same family as the Ebola and Marburg viruses, but is much less deadly.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Wednesday (Jan 26) it had activated the national Lassa fever Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to the outbreak in some parts of the country."As of January 23, 2022, a total of 115 confirmed cases with 26 deaths (a case fatality ratio of 22.6 per cent) have been reported," the NCDC said.

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