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West Africa: Lassa Fever - WHO Increases Response in Nigeria, Four Other West African Countries

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With five West African countries reporting outbreaks of Lassa fever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has scaled up its efforts to support the region's response.

The international health agency disclosed this in a press statement on Friday.

The countries in the region currently witnessing outbreaks of the disease are Nigeria, Benin, Guinea, Liberia and Togo. The countries are some of those in the Africa Lassa Fever belt.

Nigeria is the most hit with 275 cases confirmed in 19 states as of February 3.

Last year, Nigeria recorded the highest number of reported cases in the history of the disease in endemic countries.

Based on the upsurge in reported cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

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