August 18, 2018

Niger Republic hit with Rift Valley Fever, 32 killed in three months

Niger Republic hit with Rift Valley Fever, 32 killed in three months

At least 32 people have died since late August in an epidemic of Rift Valley fever in the western Niger region of Tahoua, the country’s health ministry said Thursday. A ministry statement read on national radio said 230 people had been infected with the fever-causing viral disease that mainly affects animals but also humans, “unfortunately including 32 deaths”.

The mortality rate had fallen from 50 percent three months ago to 14 percent due to a government information campaign urging people to bury animal carcasses and handle contaminated animals with care and avoid drinking raw milk. Read more

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