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Recent Outbreak of Lassa Fever: What You Need to Know

Dear Readers,

We are writing to inform you about the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever, a viral hemorrhagic fever that has been reported in several states across the country. Lassa Fever is a serious and sometimes fatal illness caused by the Lassa virus, which is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent’s urine or feces.

Lassa Fever REMERGED

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, no fewer than 2,122 suspected cases, 411 confirmed cases, and 72 deaths have been recorded from Lasaa fever in Nigeria this year as of February 11, 2024. These confirmed cases were recorded from 21 states in the country. How long till the whole 36 states are affected if the public is yet ignorant of proper disease prevention and control measures?

This outbreak has raised concerns among health officials and the general public due to its potential effects on public health and the economy. Lassa Fever can result in severe symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and in some cases, bleeding from the gums, nose, or internal organs. Without prompt treatment, it can lead to complications and even death.

Signs and Symptoms of Lassa Fever

Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus. About 80% of people with Lassa fever have mild symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Another 20% have severe symptoms, including:
  • Chest, neck, or stomach pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bleeding from your mouth, nose, eyes or other mucous membranes
  • Seizures
  • Confusion

Combat Lassa Fever

To mitigate the spread of Lassa fever and protect yourself and your loved ones from the viral infection, here are some preventive measures and solutions to consider:

  •  Promote Hygiene Practices: Ensure proper hand hygiene, food hygiene, and environmental sanitation to prevent rodent infestation.
  • Avoid Contact with Rodents: Seal up any holes or cracks in your home to prevent rodents from entering. Store food in rodent-proof containers and dispose of garbage properly.
  • Raise Awareness: Educate yourself and others about the signs and symptoms of Lassa Fever, as well as preventive measures to take.
  • Seek Medical Attention: If you experience symptoms of Lassa Fever, such as fever, headache, or bleeding, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Support Healthcare Workers: Follow the advice and guidelines provided by healthcare professionals and authorities to help contain the outbreak.

By taking these preventive measures and solutions seriously, we can work together to combat the spread of Lassa Fever and safeguard the health and well-being of our communities.

Spread The Word And Not The Virus!

Monitor Healthcare Limited Team,



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