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The outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of much-feared Ebola, has taken Nigeria by surprise/AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Nigeria struggles to contain dramatic spread of deadly Lassa fever

Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year. Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadly virus has spread so dramatically. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) …

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Beware ‘Disease X’: the mystery killer keeping scientists awake at night

Over two days in early February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable. The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, countermeasures available. As the meeting opened, the city’s eponymous …


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