Health workers scramble to contain deadly rat-borne fever in Nigeria

By early January, it was clear something “really, really extraordinary” was going on in Nigeria, says Lorenzo Pomarico of the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA). Cases of Lassa fever, a rare viral hemorrhagic disease, were skyrocketing across the country—more were recorded in the first 2 months of this year than in all of 2017. Unprepared for a disease that has no vaccines or drugs for treatment and kills 20% to 30% of those it sickens, eight healthcare workers were infected early on and three died. “Something was going very wrong with the outbreak,” Pomarico says. Read more.

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Author: Dr. Baek

- Scientist (Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology). - Founder / CEO of the biotech company Peption LLC. - Passionate about biotechnological innovations to address important global health issues.

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