Nigeria: Health authorities sensitizes citizens after Lassa Fever kills 40

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian health authorities have commenced a nation-wide sensitization campaign against Lassa Fever after an outbreak of the disease left 40 dead from 10 of the country's 36 states since January 2016.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in a series of tweets this weekend that Nigerians must respond to the disease with the same preventive measures they used during the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, because the two viruses are similar.

NEMA advised Nigerians to keep their environment rat-free, wash canned foods before opening, and go to the hospital ''if you have treated malaria and experience no improvement in your condition''.

“NEMA urges the public to rekindle hand washing/sanitization culture introduced during Ebola outbreak,'' the local media Sunday quoted it as saying

According to NEMA, Lassa Fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and first described in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State.

“The virus is endemic in rodents in west Africa. Symptoms and Signs may be similar to malaria symptoms, may also include sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, vomiting and diarrhoea,” it said.
-0- PANA SEG 10Jan2016

10 january 2016 12:21:46

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