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The Lassa fever has killed at least 188 citizens in the past three months. Lassa fever is a viral illness caused by contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or feces. It was discovered in 1969 and named after the town in Borno State, where the first case occurred.

On Tuesday, April 14, there were 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths. Statistics show that within the same period, out of the 963 Lassa fever infections, the mortality rate was 19.52 percent, and out of the 373 cases of COVID-19 recorded, the mortality rate was 2.95 percent. According to the Daily Trust, out of the total 199 mortalities recorded from both Lassa fever and COVID-19 within the period, Lassa fever accounted for 94.5 percent of the total deaths. In contrast, COVID-19 accounted for 5.5 percent of the total deaths. There is a growing concern there is more focus on the Coronavirus pandemic while ignoring the fatalities brought by the Lassa virus.

According to the CDC, Lassa fever is endemic in other parts of West Africa, apart from Nigeria. The countries include; Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, and other neighboring countries that are also at risk.

Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, the President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), announced that Nigeria is experiencing the world’s largest outbreak of the Lassa fever disease.

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