Lagos - Lassa fever is spreading further in Nigeria, West Africa: 41 people have now died of the disease. The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced today that 258 cases of the disease were confirmed from January 1st to January 26th.
Last Friday there was talk of 24 deaths. According to the NCDC, 19 of the 36 states of Nigeria are now affected, previously there were only nine.
Lassa fever always breaks back in West African countries. Like Ebola, it is hemorrhagic fever and, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), was named after city in northeastern Nigeria.
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There the disease was described for the first time in 1969. According to the RKI, up to 300,000 people are infected with it every year. In contrast to Ebola, however, 80 percent of those infected show no symptoms. According to this, around one to two percent of the sick die.