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Nigeria: 29 confirmed deaths in Lassa fever outbreak

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Highly-contagious Lassa fever has killed at least 29 people in Nigeria this month, the national health authorities said on Sunday.

The specialists have been implementing measures to speedily contain the arenavirus, characterised by physical fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; however, the tensions remain high as it could spread asymptomatically.

“As at 24th of January 2020, 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths had been reported in 11 states,” the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed.

Last year, Lassa fever caused at least 160 deaths only in Nigeria.

In its early stages, the disease could be cured by the antiviral drug ribavirin, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised.

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