Lassa fever claims 41 lives in Nigeria

Lassa fever claims 41 lives in Nigeria

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Lagos, May 17 : A total of 41 people have died from Lassa fever in Nigeria's northeastern state of Bauchi since the outbreak of the viral disease in the country early this year, informed government officials.

A case of COVID-19 that has been detected early has a greater chance of getting cured than cases of Lassa fever cases, Xinhua quoted the executive chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Rilwanu Mohammed as saying. Mohammed said the state government is training health staff on carrying out fumigation and spraying processes to prevent the spread of the disease.

Lassa fever is believed to be transmitted to humans when they come in contact with the saliva, urine and excreta of rats. In certain cases, its symptoms can be similar to malaria. (UNI)