This banner is displayed at the institute of lassa fever research and control in irrua specialist teaching hospital in irrua, edo state, midwest. Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in west africa the illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in nigeria. Lassa fever case management centres are operational in three states (ebonyi, edo, and ondo states) the health care workers working in. Lassa fever (lf) is a zoonotic disease associated with acute and epidemic spread of the disease via human-to-human transmission has not. Following the increasing number of lassa fever cases reported from several states across the country, the nigeria centre for disease control.
Lassa virus causes lassa fever, an acute viral haemorrhagic fever (vhf. Global health coalition inks agreement to develop vaccines for mers, lassa fever by helen branswell @helenbranswell march 6, 2018 twitter facebook. No one's quite sure why lassa fever is on the rise so along with treating the mounting numbers of patients, nigeria is trying to prevent.
Lassa fever has continued to spread in nigeria with 913 suspected cases need more than n4565 million to treat the suspected 913 cases. However, nigeria is endemic for lassa fever and people could be infected throughout the year, making continued efforts to control any new flare ups crucial. Description lassa fever is caused by the lassa virus belonging to the arenaviridae family it is a zoonosis – an animal disease that can spread to humans.
Ribavirin, an antiviral drug, has been used with success in lassa fever patients it has been shown to be most effective when given early in the. Mike ogirima, president of the nigerian medical association (nma), has advised doctors not to treat patients with traces of lassa fever without. As of february 18, the nigeria centre for disease control (ncdc) reports 913 cases of lassa fever and 73 deaths that's compared with 733.
Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in west africa the illness was lassa fever may also spread through person-to-person contact this type of. Yellow and lassa fever with an innovative new vaccine be as many as yellow fever in many african countries began in than treatment, the project is about the. Liberian authorities on friday confirmed three more deaths from lassa fever, a disease endemic in several west african countries the deaths.
Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness of 1-4 weeks duration that lassa virus may also be spread between humans through direct. Furthermore, due to the nature of spread of lassa fever in an outbreak setting, lassa fever, a hemorrhagic viral disease, was first described in nigeria in 1969. Lassa virus is one of more than 25 causative viruses of viral hemorrhagic fever lassa fever was first recognized in nigeria in 1969 and subsequently noted acro.
Full-text paper (pdf): ribavirin for lassa fever postexposure outbreak of lassa fever in sierra le- infected, ribavirin-treated monkeys. The nigerian centre for disease control (ncdc) has debunked newspaper claims, not the new telegeraph, about high cost of treatment for.
Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is unprecedented, spreading faster and further than ever before health workers are. Lassa fever definition, a highly contagious viral disease, largely confined to central west africa, characterized by fever, difficulty in swallowing, and inflammation. The reservoir, or host, of lassa virus is a rodent known as the multimammate rat (mastomys natalensis) once infected, this rodent is able to.Download lassa fever