ABUJA– Health authorities in Nigeria confirmed five more deaths from Lassa fever, which adds the death toll to 118 since the beginning of this year.
The acute viral hemorrhagic fever has been reported in at least 18 states in Nigeria since the first case was detected on Jan 1.
The five more deaths were recorded in the northeastern state of Bauchi.
Zuwaira Hassan, Commissioner for Health in Bauchi, said there were nine confirmed cases of the disease which is endemic in several west African countries.
Humans usually become infected with the Lassa virus from exposure to urine or feces of infected multimammate rats.
Other than common preventive measures such as washing hands regularly, the World Health Organization has also recommended keeping cats.
West African countries including Ghana, Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone also reported cases of Lassa fever recently.
Meanwhile, nine deaths have been recorded following an outbreak of cholera in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Bauchi, local authorities confirmed.
A total of 324 cases of cholera have been confirmed so far across five districts in the state, local officials said.
The State Commissioner for Health Zuwaira Hassan said that a cholera isolation center has been set up to care for the patients.
According to Hassan, the facility is now active, with at least 26 patients admitted.
She said poor hygiene and open defecation are likely causes of the present outbreak of cholera in the northern state.
The infectious cholera disease causes severe watery diarrhea and can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK