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Another Nigerian State Reports Death Due to Lassa Fever

Abuja, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The government of the state of Ondo (southwest) confirmed today one death and 24 cases in different Nigerian locations, in a new outbreak of Lassa fever in the area.
Ondo Information Commissioner Yemi Olowolabi told the Premium Times newspaper that 18 of the cases were confirmed in the Owo local government area, three in the south of Akure, one in the north of Akure and two in the west of Akoko.

He also stated that the only person affected in the local government of Ose was the one who died, before being able to receive the corresponding medical attention.

We have intensified efforts to curb the virus with several enlightenment campaigns using various means of communication, and we have also strengthened isolation centers with more nurses, doctors, and medicines, Olowolabi said.

Since last week the government of the state of Ebonyi (southeast) closed all educational institutions due to the outbreak of the epidemic in the region after three people died there.

Lassa fever is an acute hemorrhagic disease of two to 21 days, caused by the Lassa virus, belonging to the family of arenaviruses.

It is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by the excreta of rodents, and its effect on pregnant women and fetuses is devastating.

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