Prevention of lassa Fever in Nigeria

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Jan;104(1):51-4. doi: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2009.07.008. Epub 2009 Aug 26.


Although specific treatment is available for Lassa fever, early diagnosis is still difficult in most Nigerian primary and secondary health centers. This study was carried out to compare the case-fatality rates of Lassa fever and other medical diseases commonly seen in adult medical wards, to determine the community habits that make Lassa fever endemic in Edo Central District of Nigeria, with the aim of prescribing preventive measures for its control in Nigeria. The records of 908 inpatients in the adult medical wards of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua and responses from respondents interviewed by trained interviewers on their knowledge, attitudes and practices pertaining to Lassa fever were used for this study. The case-fatality rate of Lassa fever in this center was 28%. Cultural factors and habits were found to favor endemicity of Lassa fever in Edo Central District of Nigeria. Preventive measures were prescribed for families and communities.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / mortality
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / standards*
  • Lassa Fever / mortality
  • Lassa Fever / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Nigeria / epidemiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires