A further 764 are suspected to be infected, along with 2,845 contacts have been identified.
Although of which’s endemic to the country, Lassa fever numbers have never reached This specific proportion before, according to the WHO.
The disease can cause fever along with hemorrhaging of various parts of the body — including the eyes along with nose — along with can be spread through contact with an infected rat.
Person-to-person transmission is actually low although has been seen in Nigerian hospital settings This specific year. Fourteen health workers were infected, of whom four died within eight weeks.
of which also hopes to reduce further infections to hospital staff.
“The ability to rapidly detect cases of infection inside the community along with refer them early for treatment improves patients’ chances of survival along with is actually critical to This specific response,” said Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the WHO representative to Nigeria.
“Given the large number of states affected, many people will seek treatment in health facilities of which are not appropriately prepared to care for Lassa fever,” Alemu said.
“The risk of infection to health care workers is actually likely to enhance.”
Lassa fever is actually endemic in most of West Africa, especially Nigeria, where of which was discovered in 1969.
Nigerians, especially in those three states, should “continue focusing on prevention by ensuring they prevent access to their foodstuff by rodents,” Ihekweazu said.
“There is actually always cause for alarm in West Africa, where the rodent host of can be found in virtually all countries of West Africa,” he said.
Benin, Liberia along with Sierra Leone have all reported cases of Lassa fever over the past month, according to the WHO, although risk of further international transmission is actually low for at This specific point.
sy88pgw’s Meera Senthilingam contributed to This specific story.