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Number of Lassa fever cases in Nigeria 2019-2020

As of June 2020, there were in Nigeria over one thousand confirmed cases of Lassa fever and about five thousand suspected cases. In the first half of 2020, the number of deaths reached 121.

Lassa fever is a hemorrhagic illness whose presence is known in several West African countries. The virus is particularly present in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of the people affected by the Lassa virus has no symptoms. The transmission to humans occurs by the exposure to food or items contaminated with urine or feces of infected rats (Mastomys).

Cumulative number of Lassa fever cases in Nigeria in 2019 and 2020, by status

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2019 to June 7, 2020

Supplementary notes

Concerning week 1 to 23.

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