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Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever

Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever
From CBC - February 13, 2018

The World Health Organization says an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks.

The United Nations health agency said Tuesday that it is scaling up its response to the outbreak, whichhas spread to 17 states.

Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 4, nearly 450 suspected cases were reported, of which 132 are laboratory confirmed Lassa fever. Of these, 43 deaths were reported, including 37 thatwere lab confirmed.

"The high number of Lassa fever cases is concerning. We are observing an unusually high number of cases for this time of year," Dr.WondimagegnehuAlemu, WHO Representative to Nigeria, said in a release.



The acute viralhemorrhagicfever is endemic in Nigeria. The current outbreak is centred in thesouthern states ofEdo,OndoandEbonyi.

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