Lassa fever death toll hits 110: Fatalities in Nigeria rocket by 22% in a week amid ‘unusually severe’ outbreak of the killer disease

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

Global health chiefs declared this is Nigeria’s worst ever outbreak of Lassa fever
There has been 1,121 suspected cases of the disease since January, figures show
This year’s outbreak carries a significantly higher death rate than the usual 1%

By STEPHEN MATTHEWS
DAILYMAIL.COM
6 March 2018

The Lassa fever death toll in Nigeria has now reached 110 as scientists desperately try to contain the ‘unusually severe’ outbreak.

Fatalities from the killer disease in the African country have rocketed by 22 per cent in the space of just one week, according to the latest official figures.

It comes just days after the UK Government announced that it had deployed a rapid response team to combat Lassa fever.

Global health chiefs say this is the worst outbreak of the deadly bug to have ever rocked Nigeria, with 1,121 suspected cases since January.

This year’s outbreak carries a significantly higher death rate than the usual one per cent, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control states.

Health officials have stressed in the latest situation report that Lassa fever is killing nearly 24 per cent of those it strikes.

Four healthcare workers have so far died this year from the infection, which can cause bleeding from the vagina. Two of these occurred last week.

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