New Field Test Discerns Between Ebola and Lookalike Fevers
At the close of the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola crisis, the Paul G. Allen Foundation identified diagnostic gaps as one of the major deficiencies that had contributed to the outbreak’s spread. “The standard diagnostic tests that exist are very good, but they’re hard to do out in the field in the middle of an outbreak like we saw in West Africa,” said John Connor, a virologist at the Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL). Instead, samples need to be sent to a facility capable of running the tests, which means it could...
Source: MDDI - December 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Gombe Govt Confirms Death of Four Patients
[Premium Times] The Gombe State Government has confirmed the death of four Lassa fever patients out of the 53 suspected cases recorded in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Simple and rapid test for Ebola diagnosis could improve outbreak control
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) David Sebba and colleagues have created a point-of-care diagnostic test that, in fewer than 30 minutes, distinguishes Ebola infections from other endemic diseases that share similar initial symptoms, such as Lassa fever and malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Kills Three, Afflicts 13 in Edo, Ondo, Gombe, Plateau, Kano
[Guardian] Three people have died from Lassa fever and 13 others afflicted in five states across the country in the last two weeks.According to latest figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) published yesterday, the three new deaths occurred, one each in Plateau, Edo and Gombe states. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pregnant Women and Vaccines Against Emerging Epidemic Threats: Ethics Guidance for Preparedness, Research, and Response
Source: Wellcome Trust. Published: 9/2018. This 96-page guidance provides a roadmap for the ethically responsible, socially just, and respectful inclusion of the interests of pregnant women in the development and deployment of vaccines against emerging pathogens. It discusses how recent epidemics, including Zika virus, Lassa Fever, Ebola, and H1N1 influenza, have highlighted the ways in which infectious disease outbreaks can severely affect the health interests of pregnant women and their offspring. It specifies 22 concrete recommendations, organized around three key areas: public health preparedness, R&D, and vaccine...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: One Dies As Lassa Fever Infects Three in Two States
[Guardian] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), yesterday, confirmed two new cases of Lassa fever in Ondo State and one in Edo. One has reportedly died in Ondo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 143 Die of Lassa Fever in 22 States
[Leadership] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), yesterday, confirmed that no fewer than 143 persons died of Lassa fever disease within the last 11 months in 22 states. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 23, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Kills Two, Infects Five in Edo, Ebonyi, Ondo
[Guardian] Lagos and Maiduguri -The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the death of two, and infection of five people from Lassa fever in Edo, Ebonyi and Ondo states, including a health worker. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever Kills Two, Infects Health Worker, Two Others in Ondo
[Guardian] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed three new cases of Lassa fever in Ondo State, including a health worker with two new deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Genomic analysis offers insight into 2018 Nigeria Lassa fever outbreak
Findings helped inform Nigeria ’s public health response. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Genomic analysis offers insight into 2018 Nigeria Lassa fever outbreak
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A surge in Lassa fever cases in Nigeria in 2018 doesn't appear to be linked to a single virus strain or increased human-to-human transmission, according to genomic analysis published in NEJM. Multiple institutions collaborated on the report, and the research was supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the NIH Common Fund's Human Heredity and Health in Africa Program, all components of NIH. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 17, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Scientists Near First Ever Lassa Fever Vaccine Discovery
[Guardian] Scientists have moved closer to the first ever Lassa fever vaccine as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed nine new cases of the virus and four deaths in Ebonyi, Edo and Ondo states. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hope for a Lassa fever vaccine as scientists reveal jab shows promise
Researchers from Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University tested a new vaccine on mice and guinea pigs and said it showed 'good protection' and was a step forward. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine effectively protects against Lassa fever, rabies
A new vaccine showed preclinical promise at effectively protecting people from Lassa fever and rabies in a study involving mice and guinea pigs. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists develop novel vaccine for Lassa fever and rabies
The inactivated recombinant vaccine candidate uses a weakened rabies virus vector. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - October 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Lassa fever vaccine shows promise and reveals new test for immunity
(Thomas Jefferson University) A new Lassa fever and rabies vaccine shows lasting immunity and suggests a new way to test for protection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists develop novel vaccine for lassa fever and rabies
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A novel vaccine designed to protect people from both Lassa fever and rabies showed promise in preclinical testing, according to new research published in Nature Communications. The investigational vaccine, called LASSARAB, was developed and tested by scientists at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia; the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal; the University of California, San Diego; and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:NCDC, PHN, Others Seek End to Disease Epidemics in Nigeria
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Enugu Confirms One Death From Lassa Fever
[Premium Times] The Enugu State Government on Monday confirmed the death of one person from Lassa fever in a health facility within Enugu metropolis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

More Dangerous Outbreaks Are Happening. Why Aren't We Worried About The Next Epidemic?
Ebola. MERS. Zika. Nipah virus. Lassa fever. Rift Valley fever. All were in active outbreaks in June. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Twenty years of community-based disaster risk reduction experience from a dryland village in Indonesia - Lassa JA, Boli Y, Nakmofa Y, Fanggidae S, Ofong A, Leonis H.
Academics and practitioners often argue indirectly that all the roads to community resilience should be paved with community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) approach. Community-based approach to resilience building has been a discursive material that... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nurse Allegedly Dies of Lassa Fever
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria Unprepared for Next Disease Epidemic - Survey
[Vanguard] After experiencing series of disease epidemics including Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, Lassa fever, Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM, among others in recent times, Nigeria is not ready for the next epidemic, according to PreventEpidemics.org, a new website that highlights gaps in epidemic preparedness and pinpoints specific actions civil society organisations and concerned citizens can take for better preparedness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Development of vaccines from AIDS to Zika, using a novel 'plug and play' viral platform
(American Society for Microbiology) Researchers from GeoVax have developed a flexible 'Plug and Play' technology platform that delivers single-dose vaccines that fully protect against emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, Lassa fever, and Ebola. The research will be presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held from June 7-11 in Atlanta, Ga. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Making Sense of a Young Doctor's Death
[The Aspen Institute] Ahmed Victor Idowu was a young medical doctor with a passion to reform health care in Nigeria.   A recent graduate of the University of Nigeria, in January 2018 he was at the start of  his in-hospital clinical training when he examined a seven-month old baby with an abnormally high fever. He was the only doctor on duty. It was his last duty. The baby had Lassa fever.  Less than a month lat er, Dr. Idowu died of the Ebola-like virus that in its most severe form causes multi-organ failure and un (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Insurance Products for Ebola, Meningitis, Lassa Fever Underway
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Acute Public Health Events Assessed by WHO Regional Offices for Africa, the Americas and Europe Under the International Health Regulations (2005): 2016 Report
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...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever Outbreak Contained - WHO
[Leadership] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the critical phase of Nigeria's largest Lassa fever outbreak is under control. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: ‘Largest-ever’ outbreak of Lassa fever contained but monitoring still needed, says UN health agency
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. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Averting the Lassa Fever Scare - Multifaceted Action Urgently Required
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Govt Declares Emergency Over Lassa Fever Deaths
[NEWS] As Lassa Fever 'Kills' Two In M/Gibi (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever Outbreak is Over - Health Minister
[Premium Times] The Federal Ministry of Health has declared the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country over. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lassa Fever: Introduction
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. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Health Officer Dies of Lassa Fever in Ondo
[Vanguard] A health officer in the service of Ondo State government, identified as Rasheedat Mohammed, has reportedly died of Lassa fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever - Fear Grips Ondo Hospital Workers
[This Day] Akure -A few months after the deadly Lassa Fever was contained in Ondo State, the disease has allegedly killed one health officer at the Kidney Care Centre, Medical Village, Ondo town, Ondo State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nextstrain: Real-Time Tracking of Lassa Virus Evolution
Nextstrain. 04/23/2018 This resource makes visualizations for exploring data about the Lassa virus evolution in six African countries. It shows 358 genomes from eight authors, from three host species, dated February 16, 2018, to March 10, 2018. This work is made possible by the open sharing of genetic data by research groups. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Hajj 2018 - Nigeria Assures Saudi Authorities of Tackling Lassa Fever
[Premium Times] Nigeria's Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that the country is on the verge of tackling the Lassa fever outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:New Lassa Infections Lowest Since Outbreak Began
[Daily Trust] Weekly reports of new confirmed infections of Lassa fever have hit the lowest on record since the outbreak started, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever Cases Decline to Lowest Level in Four Months - Report
[Premium Times] After more than 100 deaths and almost 400 confirmed infections, Nigeria in April recorded a sharp decline in the spread of Lassa fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lassa Fever – Nigeria
From 1 January through 15 April 2018, 1849 suspected cases have been reported from 21 states (Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba). Of these, 413 patients were confirmed with Lassa fever, nine were classified as probable 1422 tested negative and were classified as non-cases and for the five remaining suspect cases laboratory results are pending. Among the 413 confirmed and the nine probable Lassa fever cases, 114 deaths were reported (case fatality rate for confirmed cases is 25.4% and...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Lassa Fever: Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/2017 This three-page report is based on data for 2015, when no cases of Lassa fever or other infections by arenaviruses responsible for viral hemorrhagic fevers were reported in the European Union/European Economic Area. It provides information on methods, epidemiology, discussion facts, and public health implications. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nobody Is Quarantined for Lassa Fever in Adamawa
[Daily Trust] Adamawa Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Atiku says that nobody was quarantined following a case of Lassa Fever outbreak in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:One Dead, 81 Quarantined for Lassa Fever in Adamawa
[Leadership] Adamawa state government has confirmed one person dead, 81 others quarantined and undergoing medical observation at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola in Adamawa state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:MSF Warns Vigilance Must Remain On Lassa Fever
[Daily Trust] The medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders says number of cases of Lassa fever detected is reducing but the country needs to remain vigilant. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:No Lassa Fever Vaccine Anywhere in the World - Virologist
[Guardian] Enugu -A Virologist, Prof Simeon Magaji Agwale, yesterday, insisted that there is no certified vaccine for the treatment of Lassa Fever anywhere in the world, stressing that Nigeria was best suited to develop vaccines for the cure of the disease for the rest of the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Why Lassa Fever Is Endemic, Difficult to Curtail
[This Day] Abuja -The deadly Lassa Fever outbreak may continue to threaten the lives of Nigerians and health workers for a long time to come, findings have revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Inovio snags $56m award for Lassa fever, MERS vaccines
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:INO) inked a $56 million partnership with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to develop vaccine candidates against Lassa fever and middle east respiratory syndrome. According to the terms of the deal, CEPI is slated to support Inovio’s preclinical and clinical efforts through to Phase II trials of INO-4500, its Lassa fever vaccine, and INO-4700, its MERS vaccine. The agreement also includes options to establish stockpiles of both vaccines, the companies reported. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Inovio snags $56m award for ...
Source: Mass Device - April 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Funding Roundup Research & Development Wall Street Beat Inovio Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria:7 Things You Should Know About Nigeria's Largest Lassa Fever Outbreak
[Bhekisisa] Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever - Nigeria's Death Toll Rises to 101
[Premium Times] The death toll from the Lassa fever disease ravaging the country since the beginning of the year, has risen to 101, the Nigerian centre for Disease Control has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news