Nigeria says 'unprecedented' Lassa fever outbreak killed 110 this year

LAGOS (Reuters) - An outbreak of Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic illness, has killed 110 people this year in Nigeria in an "unprecedented" outbreak that has hit half of the states in Africa's most populous nation, its disease control agency said on Wednesday.
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World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa. 11/2017 This 29-page report summarizes public health events detected, verified, assessed, and reported in three World Health Organization (WHO) Regions - Africa, the Americas, and Europe - from 2001 to 2016, with a focus on 2016. From 2001 to 2016, 5,472 events were recorded in the WHO Event Management System (EMS), 373 of which were recorded in 2016. Most of these events were of infectious origin, including large yellow fever outbreaks; continuation of the Ebola and Zika virus disease outbreaks, including imported Zika congenital syndrome cases; sequelae of civil conf...
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[Leadership] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the critical phase of Nigeria's largest Lassa fever outbreak is under control.
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With the largest-ever outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever in Nigeria having been contained, continued vigilance is vital to deal with any flare-ups, the United Nations health agency warned on Friday.
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[Observer] In early March this year the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) reported the outbreak of Lassa fever in Montserrado and Nimba counties, claiming three lives. Immediately following this scary announcement, the Daily Observer, in an Editorial, called on the Liberian government to treat the resurgence of this deadly disease with urgency, in order to forestall its spread.
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[Premium Times] The Federal Ministry of Health has declared the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country over.
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World Health Organization. 02/2018 This one-hour course provides an introduction to Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic fever with symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus disease that is endemic in much of West Africa, and usually sparks a seasonal outbreak from December to March. Participants will learn to describe signs, symptoms, and transmission routes of Lassa fever; list prevention and control techniques; and describe Lassa fever's public health challenges. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration.
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The World Report by Talha Burki (Feb 24, p 728)1 described an unprecedented astronomical rise in Lassa fever cases in Nigeria, for which the first case was reported in 1969 and the epidemiology and endemicity are well understood. Failure of the Nigerian health system to prioritise preparedness activities has been detrimental for prompt control of Lassa fever, which requires robust laboratory facilities, trained health personnel, and coordinated epidemiological surveillance.2 Therefore, we propose a four-pronged plan to ensure consistent and proactive preventive activities that could ameliorate the high proportion of fatali...
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This study assesses the current trends in re-emerging La ssa fever outbreak in understanding spatio-geographical reservoir(s), risk factors pattern and Lassa virus incidence mapping, inherent gaps and raising challenges in health systems. It is shown that Lassa fever peak endemicity incidence and prevalence overlap the dry season (within January to March) and reduced during the wet season (of May to November) annually in Sierra Leone, Senegal to Eastern Nigeria. We documented a scarcity of consistent data on rodent (reservoirs)-linked Lassa fever outbreak, weak culturally and socio-behavioural effective prevention and cont...
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Okokhere and colleagues' analyses of 284 hospitalized Nigerian Lassa fever cases showing a 24% mortality rate is a timely reminder of the persistent threat to global health security of lethal viral hemorrhagic fevers [1]. Nigeria is currently experiencing a Lassa Fever outbreak, with at least one case across 21 states, 81% of cases being predominantly from 3 states (Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi). Mortality was 25.4% in 413 positive cases (1 849suspected) between January 1st and 15th of April 2018 [2]. Twenty-seven health care workers have been infected.
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