Epidemic Hazard – Africa – Nigeria

EDIS Number: EH-20120130-33956-NGA
Date / time: 30/01/2012 03:43:55 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Nigeria
State/County: Statewide
Location: [About 12 states in Nigeria]
Number of Deads: 40 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 400 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


The Rivers Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, on Wednesday 25 Jan 2012 announced an outbreak of lassa fever in the state. He saidin Port Harcourt that two persons, including a female youth corpsmember, had been reported dead from the disease. Parker explained thatthe victims were serving in the state, but travelled to their homes in Edo and Ebonyi during the Christmas celebration, where they developed symptoms of the fever and eventually died. He said the state government had launched an enlightenment campaign to sensitise the people to the need to take necessary precautions against the disease. Parker said the government had received reports of "pockets of occurrences" of lassa fever in seven states, including Edo and Ebonyi. "What we are doing now is to alert the people to the outbreak of the disease. "The fever is caused by the urine of a species of rat and mistakenly, when such enters the food we eat, it can be contracted. "We want the people to be environmentally conscious and report to the nearest health centre, any symptoms of the disease, while they should avoid self medication." "Being a cosmopolitan area, it is possible that rats are found in trucks that bring food to the state. People should wash their fruits and vegetables with water before consumption." The commissioner said officers from the Ministry of Health had been sent to various communities to inform the people about the disease and educate them on what to do once the symptoms are detected in their areas. "We are not taking chances, and we want to be pro-active in our approach to this development." He said the government had in stock available drugs to treat the fever.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 4 on 2012-03-26 at 14:12:02.
Situation Update No. 3 on 2012-02-29 at 07:50:36.
Situation Update No. 2 on 2012-02-22 at 04:04:09.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2012-02-17 at 04:17:02.

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