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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
February 6, 2020

Location: Countrywide.

Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following Travel Notices for Nigeria:

There is an ongoing outbreak of Monkeypox in Nigeria, resulting in over 50 confirmed cases in 2019.  On October 18, 2018, CDC issued a Travel Notice for Monkeypox in Nigeria. This notice was updated recently to reflect the current status. Additionally, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported five cases of Monkeypox in travelers with recent travel history from Nigeria to the UK (3), Singapore (1) and Israel (1).

Lassa fever is caused by a virus carried by rodents, most often in rural areas or areas with poorly constructed housing. Given the current outbreak in Nigeria, you should avoid contact with rodents, and seek medical care if you develop a fever or “flu symptoms”.

Yellow fever vaccination is a “must” before travel to Nigeria. Your yellow card showing vaccination status will be checked on arrival.

Actions to Take:

  • Check that your international medical and evacuation insurance is current.
  • Visit the CDC Travelers’ Health Pageand the CDC Travel Notices on Yellow FeverMonkeypox, and Lassa Fever in Nigeria, which has information on this outbreak and advice on further steps to take.
  • See the State Department’s travel websiteand Country Specific Information for Nigeria
  • Take necessary precautions described on the CDC’s website to avoid infection, especially if visiting rural or rainforest areas
  • Seek immediate medical care ORcontact a doctor right away if you become ill with a blistering rash.
  • Monitor local media and NCDC website for updates.
  • Regularly visit the CDC Travelers Health Page.
  • Consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for country health advisories, or call CDC at 800-232-4636 or 404-639-3534.


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