10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ZIKA VIRUS

On Feb. 1, 2016, the World Health Organization took the rare step by declaring the spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Check out 10 things to know about the disease. 1. HISTORY The virus was first seen in humans in 1952 in Uganda and Tanzania. Outbreaks have been seen around the globe: in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. 2. CAUSE Zika virus disease is caused by a virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. 3.SYMPTOMS Symptoms of the disease include mild headaches, maculopapular rash, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and arthralgia. 4. PROGRESSION The disease shows symptoms within 2 to 7 days of exposure. A small percentage of those people can develop complications from the virus. 5. COUNTRIES AFFECTED According to the Pan American Health Organization, the number of countries that have reported transmission of the disease has doubled from Dec. 1, 2015 to Jan. 17, 2016. Countries that have confirmed cases of the disease are Brazil, Barbados, Colombia,...

Tips on staying safe during this Lassa fever outbreak

With the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, it is important for us to put in place preventive and control measures in our homes/offices most especially since reported cases has been confirmed in the region. It has been confirmed that the Lassa fever has spread into ten states namely : Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo States. According to reports, “The total number of suspected cases so far reported is 81 with over 35 deaths, and a Case Fatality Rate of 43.2 per cent. “Healthcare workers seeing a patient suspected to have Lassa Fever should immediately contact the epidemiologist in the State Ministry of Health or call the Federal Ministry of Health using the following numbers: 08093810105,08163215251, 08031571667 and 08135050005. Lassa Fever is an acute febrile illness with bleeding and death in severe cases, caused by the Lassa Fever virus with an incubation period of 6 to 21 days. About...