Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Lassa fever claims 100 000 lives in Nigeria

13 February 2013, 09:04

Benin - No less than 100, 000 lives were lost to Lassa fever in 44 years in Nigeria, Prof. Dennis Agbonlahor, Chairman, Laboratory Council of Nigeria, said.

He disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin while delivering a public lecture organised by the College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin.

The lecture was entitled “A 44-year–old Deadly Public Health Burden in Nigeria”.

``The ravaging scourge of Lassa fever in Nigeria in the last 44 years - from 1969, when the first case of Lassa fever was recorded to 2013 -  has claimed more than 100 000 Nigerians,’’ Aghonlahor said. 

He noted that there are only two Lassa fever diagnostic centres in the country, and urged the Federal Government to establish such centres in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He said the two existing centres are at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and Lahor Reseach laboratory and Medical Centre, both in Edo.

According to him, establishing more centres wIll help to reduce the number of lives being lost to the illness.

He described Lassa fever as a “serious viral disease that affects the blood, liver and spleen, and similar to the fever caused by Ebola and Marburg viruses.

He said that the virus is spread by multimammate rats, called M.natalensis.

``The rat is characterised by a hairless tail, and has between 14- 16 breasts; the tail is as long as the length of its body.

``The virus is contained in the urine and faeces of the rat and spreads to humans through direct contacts with contaminated materials and infected persons.

“Symptoms of the disease include fever, malaise, muscle pains, sore throat, cough, diarrhoea, vomiting and headache.

“The disease is endemic in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Congo, Mali and Senegal,’’ he said.

He said that new cases were discovered in nine states in the country in 2013, adding that 11 persons had, so far, died from the illness.

Aghonlahor called for sustained enlightenment campaign on Lasser fever to ensure drastic reduction in rodent-human contact and human-human transmission.

NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Bakare Wale
We will support government that i...

The National Association of Nigerian Students from the office of the Vice President External Affairs, Com. Ogunkuade Oluwatosin has organized a press conference to celebrate the international students day. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdul Yusuf Abdul
Nigeria politics of dichotomy

There's one fundamental issues disturbing me in this country, if one is born in a particular locality, grew & did all schooling in particular domain. Read more...

Submitted by
Agbati Yusuf Bamidele
Effect of taking too much garri o...

Consumption of garri is as important as anything among the populace of West Africa like Togo, Nigeria, Benin Republic and others. Read more...

Speaker Tambuwal drops out ff pre...

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal earlier dropped his presidential ambitions after consultations with All Progressives Congress chieftains. Read more...

Submitted by
Otunba Bright Jnr
Fayemi heads APC presidential con...

Fayemi heads APC presidential convention committee Former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was named chairman of the 24 member All Progressives Congress convention planning committee.  Read more...

Submitted by
SAMUEL UFOT EKEKERE
Let's sweep our world of challeng...

In sub-Saharan African where brooms are still part of everyday life, it is common place to find brooms being used as cleaning facilities. Read more...