Lassa fever got more than it bargained in Nigeria this year alone.

The viral hemorrhagic illness, has killed 110 people in an “unprecedented” outbreak that has hit half of the states in Nigeria, according Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In a situation report dated March 4, the agency said it identified 1,121 suspected cases, of which 353 were confirmed positive, eight were probable and 723 were negative.

A further 37 cases were awaiting laboratory test results.

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Last week,  the WHO said there had been 1,081 suspected cases and 90 deaths reported from 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

Centres to manage the outbreak have been set up in four states.

Lassa fever is mainly transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rat urine.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, headaches and, in the most severe cases, death.

Please maintain high standards of personal and environmental hygiene. Also report suspected cases of Lassa Fever to the nearest public health centre.

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