Lassa Fever

MSF Community Health Educators Charles Onanikem and Chidinma Arua, in the market of the village Amuzu Igbeagu, raising awareness about Lassa fever.

What is Lassa Fever?

This year marks 50 years since the identification of the virus causing Lassa disease in the village of Lassa, in Nigeria. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever, which is endemic in West Africa countries of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Benin, and is causing up to 5,000 deaths a year. In 2018, Nigeria has experienced its largest recorded Lassa-Fever outbreak. An unprecedented feature in this epidemic was the 37 health care workers infected in eight states, nine of whom died. As of 3rd June 2018, a total of 1,982 suspected cases were reported from 22 of the 36 Nigeria states.