Lassa fever in Nigeria: update

05 May 2020

Article: 54/1803

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has improved, with only a few sporadic cases now being reported. The disease trend has been steadily declining since week ending 16 February 2020, when a peak of 115 confirmed cases and 18 deaths were reported. In the week ending 19 April 2020, a total of six new confirmed cases with no deaths were reported, compared to 10 confirmed cases the previous week.

Further information and advice on viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF), including Lassa fever, is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.