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.
Nigeria’s largest Lassa fever outbreak sparked by ratsNigeria’s largest Lassa fever outbreak sparked by rats, Published online: 17 October 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07024-6Analysis calms fears that the virus had mutated into a super-bug that could move more easily from person to person.
Authors: Akpede GO, Asogun DA, Okogbenin SA, Okokhere PO PMID: 30111178 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
[Vanguard] Towards ending the series of outbreaks of Lassa fever, Monkeypox, yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, Ebola and other epidemic diseases in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, PHN, have launched the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness and Response, A4EPR.
The objective of the study is to describe the cases in person, place and time which will help inform decision making.
This study was conducted to assess knowledge, attitude and practice among health workers.
Background: Lassa fever (LF) is an acute, highly communicable viral haemorrhagic disease. Person-to-person spread may occur by inhalation or direct contact with blood, vomitus, urine, saliva, feaces and other body fluids of an infected patient. Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is a quality essential in healthcare facilities for the wellbeing and safety of patients, staff, visitors and all who come within the scope of activities. The Federal Medical Centre, Owo is the designated treatment centre for LF in Ondo State.
Ebola. MERS. Zika. Nipah virus. Lassa fever. Rift Valley fever. All were in active outbreaks in June.
Introduction Lassa fever (LF) is a severe acute viral hemorrhagic illness caused by a virus belonging to the family Arenaviridae.1,2 The disease was first discovered in Sierra Leone in the 1950s, but the aetiological agent was first isolated after an outbreak of the disease in a village called Lassa in Borno State, Nigeria claiming the lives of two foreign missionary nurses in 1969.3 The virus exhibits persistent, asymptomatic infection, with profuse urinary virus excretion in Mastomys natalensis rodents, which serve as the natural reservoir.1,2 The virus is shed in their excreta (urine and faeces) of the rodent which can...
[Premium Times] An outbreak of Lassa fever has allegedly claimed the life of Henry Ehimati, a male nurse working with Okomu Oil Palm Company staff clinic, located in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo.
[Vanguard] INSURANCE products to facilitate financial responses to outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, Meningitis, and Lassa fever in Nigeria and 29 other Africa countries are underway. An agency of the African Union, the African Risk Capacity, ARC, in a statement, weekend, said that it is working with West, East and Central African countries to determine their epidemic risks and select pathogens to be covered.