Health Alert: Lassa Fever in Nigeria

Lassa Fever Virus

Location:  Nigeria countrywide.  Most cases have been found in Edo and Ondo in southwest Nigeria states.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Lassa Fever in Nigeria https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/lassa-fever-nigeria on March 5, 2018.  The Nigeria Center for Disease Control http://www.ncdc.gov.ng/ (NCDC) has reported an ongoing outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria that began in early 2018.  The outbreak has been confirmed in at least 17 states with over 100 deaths reported.

Actions to Take:
·        Visit CDC http://www.cdc.gov/’s websites on Lassa Fever https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/lassa/index.html and Traveler’s Health https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or call at 800-232-4636 or 404-639-3534
·        Consult the above-listed information and sites and make an informed decision regarding Lassa Fever prevention if you are living in or planning to travel to Nigeria.
·        Avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and take precautions https://www.cdc.gov/rodents/prevent_infestations/clean_up.html to keep your accommodations clean.
·        Wash your hands often, and avoid contact with people who are sick.
·        Seek immediate medical care OR contact a doctor right away if you develop serious symptoms consistent with Lassa Fever.
·        Monitor local media and NCDC http://www.ncdc.gov.ng/ website for updates.

Assistance:
·        U.S. Embassy in Abuja: https://ng.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/, Nigeria
+(234) 9 461-4328
+(234) 9 461-4000 (after hours)
AbujaACS@state.gov

·         U.S. Consulate in Lagos: https://ng.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/, Nigeria
+(234) 1 460-3400
+(234) 80 3402-2405 (after hours)
LagosACS@state.gov

·         State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

·        Nigeria Country Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Nigeria.html 

·        Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP https://step.state.gov/step/) to receive security updates.

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