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"We have had the largest outbreak of Lassa Fever in Nigeria's history in the first quater of this year," Chikwe acknowledged. He said: "Unlike Ebola, there is no magic bullet for Lassa fever," adding "It is endemic in our environment and as long as there is rat, we will always have cases of Lassa.".
Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and in worst-case scenarios, haemorrhagic bleeding. The name comes from the town of Lassa in northern Nigeria where it was first identified in 1969. The virus is spread through ...

When Ebola came to Nigeria, it was a healthcare worker that saved the day. Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh stood the line and helped to save millions of people, not just in Nigeria, but all over the world. In Liberia, it was a young Nursing Assistant, Salome Karwah, who saved the day and helped thousands of ...
Develop and implement a comprehensive public health workforce strategy Nigeria has made tremendous progress in response to PHEs-Ebola, Lassa Fever, Meningitis, Cholera etc. but will need additional efforts to: • Formulate, cost, implement, monitor and evaluate a national action plan for health security ...
The chairperson of National Lassa fever steering committee Oyewale Tomori says Nigeria has “lost respect” for viral haemorrhagic fevers, giving room for Lassa fever epidemics to ... If any of these cases were Ebola, even if you give them back [their relatives' bodies], they wouldn't come near it,” said Tomori.
“The Ebola outbreak in 2014 taught us a lesson that we must heed – to prevent the huge costs of large scale epidemics we must be alert to new threats and be positioned to ... Community health workers in Nigeria speak to secondary contacts to control the spread of Lassa fever during the 2018 outbreak.

The United States President, Donald Trump has given thousands of Liberian migrants to the U.S, who have been living in America since the 1991 civil war, one year of grace to leave the United States. The President, in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, stated that he would accord the ...
A Nollywood film on Nigeria's resilience during the Ebola virus outbreak in the country was on Friday night screened at Hollywood, Los Angeles, in a collaboration event tagged 'Nollywood in Hollywood'. The screening of the film, 93 DAYS, which held at the world famous Egyptian Theater in Hollywood with ...
Rats carrying the Lassa virus scurry into people's houses, munch on their grain and pee all over the place including the grain. Then people eat the grain and get sick. Lassa, named for the town in Nigeria where it was first discovered in 1969, is a hemorrhagic fever, like Ebola. Some people who get infected ...
Faith Ireye is one of over 2500 WHO and 390,000 ad hoc personnel supporting polio eradication in Nigeria. On several instances, polio workers have provided frontline support for outbreak response. For example, polio workers were essential to containing the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014. For the Lassa ...
An unprecedented outbreak of a deadly viral disease in Nigeria is showcasing the newfound might of the country's public-health agency. Reforms put in place since a devastating Ebola epidemic struck West Africa in 2014 have transformed how Nigeria responds to infectious disease — including the current ...
The World Health Organization (WHO) has added a mysterious, yet-to-exist new malady to its list of nine diseases that may cause a worldwide epidemic.As if Ebola, Zika and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are not enough to worry about, the WHO has added a mysterious, yet-to-exist new ...
Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year. Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadly virus has spread so dramatically.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 353 Lassa cases since January 1, compared with 143 cases for the whole of 2017. But the ... Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year.
Such human-to-human transmission is thought to be rare for Lassa, unlike Ebola, except in hospital settings without proper infection control. But “the real rate of human-to-human transmission is unknown,” says Augustin Augier, secretary general of ALIMA in Paris, which has just launched a Lassa fever ...
London: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has put scientists and health workers around the globe on alert for a new and potentially deadly pathogen - Disease X. Each year the Geneva-based organisation, which is charged with monitoring and safeguarding world health, convenes a high-level ...
... world health, convenes a high-level meeting of senior scientists to list diseases that pose a serious risk of sparking a major international public health emergency. In previous years the list has been confined to known killers such as Lassa fever, which is currently sweeping Nigeria, and Ebola, which killed ...

But first: Yes, there is an outbreak of the deadly, Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever in one of the most populous countries on earth. When severe, in about 10 to 20 percent of cases, Lassa does horrible things to the body: It replicates in the internal organs and central nervous system, causing its victims to bleed ...
It took nearly 3 months before blood samples sent to Europe finally identified the disease as Ebola, during which time it was allowed to spread. Similarly, in Nigeria, a lack of rapid diagnostics is making it difficult to get ahead of the current yellow fever outbreak with targeted vaccination. Throughout 2016 ...
Normally, Lassa is only fatal in an average of 1% of cases, and 15% for those people who have to go to the hospital—a far cry from other hemorrhagic viruses like Ebola, which kills about 70% of those infected. But according to a report (pdf) from Mar. 4, this time the disease is killing 23.8% of those infected.
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Lassa fever has similarities to Ebola, in that severe infections are accompanied by bleeding from the mouth, nose, and gut. But Lassa is both less contagious and less deadly than its infamous counterpart. Around 80 percent of infected people don't develop symptoms at all, and those that do experience the ...
Nigeria is a busy place and there's been a general urbanisation in the country. Where people go into areas that they did not previously enter is another classic example of risk,” he said. He added that the disease was not as easily transmittable as other viral diseases such as Ebola but he added, ...
While its neighbors saw skyrocketing numbers of Ebola patients, Nigeria recorded only 20 cases total. Earlier investments by America's signature HIV and AIDS relief program, known as PEPFAR — now marking its 15th year — were central to helping build and strengthen the Nigerian health system ...
“The high number of Lassa fever cases is concerning. We are observing an unusually high number of cases for this time of year,” Wondimagegnehu Alemu, MD, MPH, WHO Representative to Nigeria, said in a statement. Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that can be difficult to distinguish from Ebola and ...
But some of the diseases are deadlier than others — namely, the Ebola and Marburg viruses, the NLM says. Many Lassa fever infections, on the other hand, are mild, though some can progress to symptoms that resemble those of Ebola, The New York Times reported. In addition, Live Science reported in ...
According to the minister, Nigeria has dealt with Ebola in 2014; the country reacted strongly and the response was acknowledged by the international community. “The success against Ebola created a situation whereby every other public health challenge in Nigeria to be a tea party. “Therefore assume that ...
But why is it still killing people, instead of preventing further cases of Lassa fever? Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease. It does have a lower case-fatality ratio than things like Ebola, but it's still a fairly bad disease. We have one medicine available that is not very effective, especially when people don't ...
According to organisers, the event was a celebration of Nigeria's growing cinema. The film is a compelling drama of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival based on the true story of the people who risked their lives to prevent a catastrophic virus outbreak in Nigeria. Nigeria experienced the Ebola virus ...
They may have none at all. However, in severe cases, it can mimic another deadly haemorrhagic fever, Ebola, causing bleeding through the nose, mouth and other parts of the body. Lassa fever normally has a fatality rate of about one per cent. But in the Nigerian outbreak it is thought to be more than 20% ...
Abuja — A Nigerian scientist, Dr. Michael Odighemeh, has announced the discovery of a fuzzy-neutral expert system for detecting Ebola and Lassa fever. Odighemeh is a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering in the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State. He made the presentation in ...
... the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015, which quickly spread across the region. He said: “The 47th session of the authority of Head of State and Government of ECOWAS held in 2015 in Ghana, approved the establishment of RCSDC with headquarters in Nigeria. The agency is setup to strengthen member ...
Nigeria is tough on diseases. With help from a few partners, it stopped Ebola's spread. It wrestled guinea-worm disease into a headlock, with no new cases since 2013. And it's nearly eradicated the transmission of polio. But now a disease that usually just lurks in the background has roared into headlines.
He said Nigeria gladly accepted the task due to the role it played during the fight against Ebola in Guinea and Liberia. Mr. Ehanire said setting up the centre in Nigeria will assist not just Nigeria, but other West African countries to have more coordination and responses to disease control. “There have been ...
We don't even have a diagnosis centre to tell if someone has Ebola,” Weah said, vowing to do more to get children in school and “to leave the street”. On his first foreign trip as president, Weah on Wednesday will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, along with several sports ...
Heads of governments across the region are unanimous in their decision to have Nigeria host the centre to strengthen the region's capacity to prevent, ... The decision came after West Africa struggle against the region's first-ever outbreak of Ebola viral disease and lessons learnt from dealing the virus ...
“The high number of Lassa fever cases is concerning. We are observing an unusually high number of cases for this time of year,” Wondimagegnehu Alemu, MD, MPH, WHO Representative to Nigeria, said in a statement. Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that can be difficult to distinguish from Ebola and ...
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 05, 2015 shows Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carrying the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015.The latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the last country still affected ...
Former football player and winner of Liberia's presidential elections George Weah leaves after a meeting at the offices of his party's headquarters in Monrovia on Decembre 29, 2017, a day after the second round of the elections. Former star footballer George Weah was named winner of Liberia's ...
According to the minister, Nigeria has dealt with Ebola in 2014; the country reacted strongly and the response was acknowledged by the international community. “The success against Ebola created a situation whereby every other public health challenge in Nigeria to be a tea party. “Therefore assume that ...
“The huge scale of the epidemic has affected all aspects of life,” said Mit Philips, a health policy advisor for Doctors Without Borders who responded to the Ebola crisis in the hard-hit countries. A few Ebola deaths were also reported in Nigeria, Senegal and Mali during the epidemic, which broke out in West Africa in March ...
But why is it still killing people, instead of preventing further cases of Lassa fever? Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease. It does have a lower case-fatality ratio than things like Ebola, but it's still a fairly bad disease. We have one medicine available that is not very effective, especially when people don't ...
“It's to Nigeria's credit that it responded to Ebola as well as it did and blocked a big outbreak in Lagos,” says Keiji Fukuda, director of the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. The WHO credits Nigeria's swift, aggressive response to keeping cases in Lagos and Port Harcourt from spreading ...
Diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever are highly contagious and life-threatening. Three years ago more than 11,000 people died of Ebola in West Africa. There is a high risk of new epidemics in the region. Bad news has come from Nigeria to begin the year: The World Health Organization (WHO) has ...
During the Ebola epidemic, Nigeria stopped the disease from spreading by activating systems it had developed to eradicate polio in rural areas. “If it had gone widespread in Nigeria, we would have been dealing with a whole different ball game,” Reynolds says. Widespread outbreaks aren't merely deadly; ...
Two Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone have reportedly filed a lawsuit with the regional court of the Economic Community of West African States in Nigeria. They accuse their government of mismanaging millions of dollars in international aid money intended to help stop the Ebola crisis, according to media ...
Nigerian Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has warned all health professionals to investigate every case of fever before treatment. The warning is coming as ... Clinically, the disease can appear similar to other viral hemorrhagic fevers, including the Ebola virus, malaria and typhoid. The only definitive tests for ...
With vast experience in disaster nursing, she recalled that Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian- American who was the index case for Ebola in Nigeria was taken to First Foundation Hospital. “The Federal Ministry of Health and Lagos State government were clamouring for health care workers to come forward to ...
The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Special Assistant, Communication and ...
Gamaniel said that the institute had also developed 'NIPRIMAL', an anti-malaria for treatment of uncomplicated malaria, stating that the drug was also safe for use by pregnant women. Others are: 'NIPRIMUNE' an immunostimulant which can also be used to manage HIV in Nigeria and 'NIPRIFAN' for the ...


 

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