The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) is living up to its role as it is putting measures in place to curb the spread of the Lassa fever in the terror-prone northeast Nigeria.

In late February, the Borno State Ministry of Health confirmed a case of Lassa fever—a disease endemic in Nigeria with yearly peaks typically occurring between December and February—in the city of Maiduguri.

The city is the epicenter of the Boko Haram crisis afflicting the West African country. 

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In response to the outbreak, WHO has embarked on an exercise to train health care workers on case management, contact tracing, and health promotion activities.

WHO, in coordination with the Borno State Ministry of Health, has also established a Lassa fever task force to manage response efforts.

Officials from the ministry and WHO expressed satisfaction with progress attained, with no casualties recorded.

While Lassa is endemic in Nigeria, the outbreak was the first in Borno since 1969.

The Lassa virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.