Lassa fever is traversed as an acute viral haemorrhage illness that occurs in West Africa and at the rears between two and 21 days.
It’s transmitted to humans via contact with eatables or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.
The bug isn’t new, but the current outbreak in Nigeria has caused particular concern because the multitude of cases for this time of year is unusually high.
Fatalities from the Jack the ripper disease have rocketed by 22 per cent in the space of just one week, and there take been a whopping 1,121 suspected cases since January.
The UK Buyers Health Rapid Support Team has now been deployed to Nigeria to fund for control of Lassa fever. So what are the symptoms to look for?
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Lassa fever is described as an acute viral haemorrhage sickness that occurs in West Africa and lasts between two and 21 days
The Set Health Organization says the onset of the disease, when it is symptomatic, is by gradual, starting with fever, general weakness and malaise.
After a few ages the following may develop:
In inexorable cases the following may occur:
Fluid in the lung hole
Bleeding from the mouth, nose, vagina or gastrointestinal tract
Low blood to
Lassa fever has been causing havoc in Nigeria
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How is it treated?
Dr Charlie Weller, crisis of vaccinations for the Wellcome Trust, told the BBC one of the hardest things about the contagion is it’s difficult to treat.
She said: “Most people who catch Lassa thinks fitting have only mild symptoms such as fever, headache and diversified weakness. They may have none at all.
“However, in severe cases, it can fake another deadly hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, casing bleeding during the nose, mouth and other parts of the body.”
There is no readily at test, so the only way to confirm a diagnosis is to analyse a blood or tissue sampler in one of a small number of specialist laboratories.
Those that live in mincing areas are being advised to block holes that may allow rats to present their homes, disposing of rubbish in covered dustbins, and storing sustenance and water ins sealed containers.
Lassa fever is transmitted via in with food or household items contaminated with rodent urineIs there a dry?
Despite these measures, there are a lack of effective medical embellishes available to prevent the disease, including a vaccine.
Dr Weller said: “It is odds-on that a vaccine could be found for Lassa — reducing the possibility of an outbreak comely a global health emergency — but as with other epidemic diseases that in general affect poorer countries, progress has stalled.
“Vaccine development is a yearn, complex and costly process. This is especially true for emerging prevalent diseases, where a prototype vaccine can usually only be tested where there is an outbreak.”
Lassa fever, has been compared to the Black Death, and has killed two doctors and a nurse in the country.