Lassa fever kills 19 more persons in Nigerian state

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Lassa fever outbreak in some parts of Nigeria's midwestern Edo State has claimed 19 more lives in the past five weeks, bringing the death toll since the outbreak in January to 53, according to the state commissioner for health, Godwin Ovbiagele.
   Speaking on the preparations for the first Edo State Health Summit slated for later this week in the capital Benin, the commissioner said 47 new cases of the fever were recorded within the past five weeks.
   He said officials of World Health Organisations (WHO) would soon arrive in the state to organiser seminars and training programmes for health workers on the disease.
   Lassa fever, an acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa, infects an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 persons per year in the sub-region, causing nearly 5,000 deaths.
   Though the rodent species which carry the virus are found throughout West Africa, the actual geographic range of the disease may extend to other countries as well.

05 may 2004 10:34:00

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