Published on Jan 11, 2016
In Nigeria , about 60 people have been placed under close watch over the outbreak of the contagious Lassa fever in Rivers State. 12 medical personnel that attended to the victims have also been placed under observation. According to a statement by the Lagos Ministry of health Lassa fever is contracted by ingesting food or drinks contaminated by the saliva or urine of infected rats, or even catching and preparing infected rats as food. Official figures as at Friday put the number of deaths resulting from Lassa fever at 40, with the number of of reported cases at 85 within the last six weeks. Lagos is Nigeria’s biggest city, so authorities are urging residents to be vigilant.