West Africa as a region is seeing a flare up of disease, but Nigeria where Lassa fever was first discovered in 1969 is experiencing much higher mortality rates than usual with more than 50% of those infected dying from their infection, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The latest  report dated 14th March, 2016, revealed that the total number of reported cases is 254 (129 of which is confirmed by Laboratory tests) and the total number of deaths (suspected, probable and confirmed) is 137, with a Case of Fatality Rate (CFR) of 53.9%.

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