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Nigeria: Rats Fever Kills Over 40 in Nigeria

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Abuja — At least 42 people have died in the worst outbreak of Lassa fever to hit Nigeria.

The death toll is from 213 confirmed cases to date since the latest outbreak was reported in late January. Some 16 states, out of 36, are affected.

This marks a significant increase as the outbreak accounts for one third of the caseload recorded throughout last year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is stepping up its efforts to support the response to the disease which has also been reported in four other countries in West Africa.

A total of 12 cases have been confirmed so far in Benin, Guinea, Liberia and Togo, including two deaths.

"We are concerned about the high number of cases recorded so early

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