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Lassa Fever Outbreak Now Affects 5 Countries

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    Posted: February 08 2019 at 11:25am
Lassa fever shock: WHO steps up efforts to contain ‘escalating’ outbreak of deadly virus

AN ESCALATING outbreak of Lassa fever in five west African countries is concerning public health experts, who are stepping up their efforts to contain the disease before it spreads to other countries.

By Ciaran McGrath

PUBLISHED: 17:33, Fri, Feb 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 17:41, Fri, Feb 8, 2019
          
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The WHO is trying to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever in west Africa

The virus, which is spread by rodents and claims roughly 5,000 lives a year, is endemic in the region. While the cases are occurring during the Lassa fever season, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is alarmed at the “speed of escalation”. Cases have been recorded in 16 states in Nigeria, where the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) declared an outbreak of Lassa fever on January 22, 2019.

Source:   https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1084578/lassa-fever-world-health-organization-who-outbreak-rats-rodents-africa-nigeria
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