The deadly Lhasa fever virus has returned to Nigeria, killing 41 people and infecting 258 others so far.
The World Health Organization has revealed methods to protect and prevent the disease, which is transmitted mostly through animals.
Lassa fever is an animal disease, spread by infection from infected animals.
Viral infection belonging to the same family of Marburg and Ebola.
171 people died in it in 2018 and 167 in 2019 in Nigeria alone.
This week saw 41 people die and 258 injured.
Fever is transmitted to humans by:
Blood, nasal fluid and saliva.
Sexual contact and food contact.
Household items contaminated with urine or feces of rodents
Laboratories and hospitals are considered a fertile place for transportation
Lassa fever is endemic for:
Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and other African countries
There is no data to support the production of a drug to protect against Lassa fever after exposure to it
Among the most important symptoms:
Fever, weakness and malaise, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, coughing.
Treatment for lhasa fever:
Drink plenty of fluids
Antiviral ribavirin may be useful for treating this fever in the early stages of the disease