Death toll rises in Africa as MOUTH-BLEEDING Lassa Fever spreads to medics

Sunday, February 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE death toll from a disease that causes victims to bleed from the mouth, nose and genitals is rising after infecting doctors trying to treat people.

By Rachel O’Donoghue
18th February 2018

At least 40 more people have died in Nigeria following an outbreak of Lassa Fever, reports say.

In the last month alone, hundreds of people have contracted the virus, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirming dozens of deaths.

Among those infected include 11 health workers, four of whom died from the horror disease.

WHO has issued a warning after the “concerning” epidemic, calling on states to implement strict policies to prevent it spreading further.

Symptoms of the virus include facial swelling, fluid in the lung cavity, bleeding from the mouth, nose and vagina.

It reportedly comes on gradually, with an incubation period of between two and 21 days.

Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Representative to Nigeria, said: “The high number of Lassa fever cases is concerning.

“We are observing an unusually high number of cases for this time of year.”

The head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said last month that the country’s Ministry of Health was working with WHO to coordinate a response to the deadly disease.

He said: “The NCDC has provided urgently required medical supplies and drugs to support case management in the state.

“Health care workers in health facilities are particularly at risk of contracting the disease, especially where infection prevention and control procedures are not strictly adhered to.”

There is currently no vaccine for Lassa fever, but locals have been warned to take all possible steps to stop rats, which spread the disease, from entering their house or getting into food supplies.

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