ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Four people have been confirmed dead due
to the latest spread of Lassa fever, a disease transmitted by
rodents, in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Bauchi, local officials
said on Friday.
Five cases of the disease were recorded in the state since late
January, Halima Muqaddas, Bauchi State commissioner for health told
Xinhua on Friday.
Muqaddas said the Lassa fever cases were recorded in three
districts, including the state capital, Bauchi.
According to her, one of the patients had shown good signs of
recovery, having received treatment at a designated health facility.
The official attributed the resurgence of the disease to the
“non-adherence to maintaining personal and environmental hygiene” by
The Nigerian state has directed all health facilities to treat all
suspected cases with utmost caution to fast-track diagnosis of the
Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic illness of two to 21 days
duration, is usually transmitted to humans when they are exposed to
food or water contaminated by the saliva and excreta of infected
rats. In some cases, Lassa fever has similar symptoms with malaria.
Altogether, about a dozen people have died due to the spread of
Lassa fever in the West African country since November.
More than 80 people were killed by a Lassa fever outbreak early last
year in Nigeria.