Nigeria: Death toll from Lassa fever outbreak hits 70 – Prensa Latina

13 de febrero de 2020, 17:20Abuja, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Nigerian National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday reported that the death toll from an outbreak of Lassa fever has risen to 70, and 472 confirmed cases have also shot up.

The Deputy Director of the Department of Response to Health Emergencies, Kola Jinaidu, added that the sick have been detected in 92 locations, and in 26 out of 33 states of the African nation.

On the other hand, the Health Commissioner of Kaduna, Amina Mohammed-Baloni, recalled that Lassa fever treatment was free, and that it can no longer be considered as an epidemic, but becoming endemic.

Nigerian authorities celebrated, however, that the 2020 overall death rate case is 14.8 percent, lower than the 18.7 percent recorded during the same period in 2019.

This acute viral hemorrhagic disease can be transmitted through direct contact with urine, feces, saliva or rodent blood, contact with objects, household items, or by eating contaminated food.

Transmission from person to person may also happen through contact with blood, urine, feces, vomits and other bodily fluids of an infected person.

Although early treatment and diagnosis increase the chances of survival, poor sanitary conditions in Nigeria cause hundreds of deaths each year.

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