1 death, 14 cases of Lassa fever recorded in 3 states


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) said it has recorded 14 new confirmed cases with one death following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Ondo, Edo and Bauchi states.

Its Director-General, NCDC, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday in Abuja.

NAN reports that Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus, which is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with the rodent carrier’s urine or faeces.

The disease is endemic in Nigeria, with sporadic outbreaks occurring primarily during the dry season.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pains, chest pain, and in severe cases, unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and other body openings.

Idris said cases were recorded in the three states between May 6 and May 12, this year, adding that people between 31 and 40, were predominantly affected by the disease.

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