Travel Health News March 10th 2016

Lassa Fever Outbreak Nigeria March 10th

Lassa Fever has been reported in numerous areas of Nigeria. As of March 10th over 250 cases and over 100 fatalities have occurred from Lassa Fever.

Lassa Fever –The Facts

  • Viral Illness transmitted via rats.
  • Humans become infected by direct contact rat faeces or urine
  • Additionally infection through inhalation droppings/or contaminated food

What are the symptoms of Lassa Fever ?

There a number of symptoms associated with Lassa fever and the majority have mild symptoms including-

  • Mild pyrexia
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Headaches

Severe symptoms include bleeding from the the mouth and nasal passages, Dyspnoea (shortness of breath), generalized pain and shock from blood loss.

Incubation is usually 1-3 weeks post infection. Main region affected are Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leon.

Prevention of Lassa Fever

  • Avoid contact with rats
  • Maintaining high standard of food hygiene
  • Do not eat rats
  • Wash hands effectively and regularly

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