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Lassa fever claims 110 lives in Nigeria since January 2018

Mar 13, 2018 16:15 IST
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Lassa fever has claimed 110 lives in Nigeria since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed. It is one of the worst outbreaks since 2016. The World Health Organisation last week said the epidemic had reached record highs with 317 laboratory confirmed cases and 72 people dead. Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and in worst-case scenarios, hemorrhagic bleeding.