Lassa fever continues to kill Nigerians, death toll rose to 70

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Nigeria confirmed eight new deaths of Lassa fever in Nigeria. There are 70 confirmed cases during an outbreak of another deadly disease hit the Western African country, according to authorities.

The NCDC agency responsible for the management of disease outbreaks said on Thursday that eight recent deaths from Lassa fever were reported in three states.

The statement read the number of cases in which medics suspect Lassa fever has significantly increased. Compared with the situation in mid-January the total number of cases rose from more than 700 to 1,708. Confirmed cases have also shot up to 472, it said.

Humans could be infected with Lassa fever through food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.

In 80pc of cases, the disease is asymptomatic, but in the other cases, people suffer the symptoms such as high fever, headache, mouth ulcers, muscle aches, haemorrhaging under the skin and heart and kidney failure.

Lassa fever has an incubation period lasting between six and 21 days and can be transmitted through physical contact with an infected person via bodily fluids or excretion.

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