Nigeria struggles to contain dramatic spread of deadly Lassa fever

What you need to know:

  • The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 353 Lassa cases since January 1, compared with 143 cases for the whole of 2017.

  • But the possible reasons for this surge are many, said NCDC director Chikwe Ihekweazu.

  • "The harder you look, the more you find," he said, citing a change in the virus's environment, viral mutation — and better reporting of cases by the public in response to awareness campaigns.

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