At least 101 people have died from Lassa fever in Nigeria. The victims should also include physicians and nurses, said the organization Doctors Without Borders. They had taken care of first-time sufferers, unaware that their patients were infected with the highly contagious virus. The medical staff would have partly missing but also the correct protective equipment.
In total, 1,781 suspected cases of Lassafieber have been registered in Nigeria since the current outbreak. In 408 cases, the infection with the virus had been confirmed. The disease is not always fatal, so far 146 people have died. 101 deaths are undoubtedly due to the infection. According to the organization, the outbreak was “one of the worst in the past
Doctors Without Borders claims to be there to train health care workers
The number of sick in Nigeria already back, an all-clear that meant
However not. There have also been cases of illness in West African Liberia, where at least twelve people have died from the effects of the infection since the beginning of the year. Transmission by mouse and rat droppings Like Ebola and Dengue fever, Lassa is one of the haemorrhagic fevers associated with bleeding. The infection is named after a city in the northeast
Nigeria, where she described in 1969 and the
later isolated for the first time. Above all, the virus infection occurs
in the eastern part of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
Experts estimate that between 100,000 and 300,000 each year
Infecting people with the virus, between one and two percent of those affected die according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) , Those who become infected with the virus do not necessarily have to show severe symptoms. There are also mild gradients. The pathogen is transmitted mainly by food. Also, one can become infected with household items if they are contaminated with urine and feces from rats or mice. The
Viral disease is also more infected on contact with the excretions
Persons highly contagious. In a video in English, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international umbrella organization of MSF, has compiled the most important facts about Lassa: