Containing current Lassa fever outbreaks in Nigeria
As part of efforts to contain an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has infected up to 450 people in 17 states within five weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO), on Tuesday, announced it is scaling up its response to the outbreak.
Polio, Lassa and Yellow fever: Where is the political will?
Since the conception of Nigeria as an independent country it has struggled with a number of deadly viruses and diseases. The most prominent and reoccurring have been polio, Lassa fever and yellow fever.
Environmental, personal hygiene key to prevention of Lassa Fever
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, recently announced that 15 states have been hit by an outbreak of Lassa fever, with 105 laboratory-confirmed cases, three probable cases and 31 deaths.
Lassa Fever: Delayed test results affecting action in Ondo, Delta
Testing and confirmation of Lassa fever cases in Ondo and Delta States are proving difficult due to the over-stretched capacity of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo, the only place with the capacity to carry out tests in the entire southern part of Nigeria. Apart from Edo, Ondo and Delta are the two other southern states currently battling the virus.
One dies as suspected Lassa Fever breaks out in Abia
Seven suspected victims of the dreaded Lassa fever have been identified in Abia state while two illegal routine immunization persons have been arrested and are undergoing police investigation. State Health Commissioner, John Ahukannah said of the seven suspects, one has died, four tested negative while the other two responded to treatment and have been discharged.…
A fact sheet on Lassa fever
Sir: Since Lassa fever was first reported in Nigeria in Lassa town in Borno State in 1969, several thousands of Nigerians especially medical and health workers...
Nigeria lassa fever death toll now 31, says health minister
Thirty-one people have died from Lassa fever in Nigeria since the start of this year, the health minister said, with cases of the viral disease recorded across the country.
Patient who died of Lassa fever not from Osun
Mr Sola Fasure, media aide to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, said in a statement issued in Osogbo that a patient who died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife,as a result of the fever, was not from the state.
Senators worry as Lassa fever spreads to 14 states
The Senate yesterday lamented that the outbreak of Lassa fever had spread to 14 states. The upper chamber listed the affected states as Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Imo, Kogi, Bauchi, Anambra, Benue, Federal Capital Teritory, Abia, Ekiti and Delta.
WHO confirms 12 cases of Lassa fever in Taraba
Again, the Federal Government has been caught off guard by a disease that has been lurking around and is endemic to the country. Just like last year, the FG through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are reacting instead of being proactive to Lassa fever epidemic. The NCDC…