Friday, 12 February 2016

Lassa Fever have killed over 100,000 Nigerians- Expert

Prof. Dennis Agbonlahor, a member of the
National Committee on the Control of Lassa fever,
says the virus had killed more than 100,000
Nigerians since
the discovery of the virus in the
country, calling for more funding and political will
to combat the scourge.
Agbonlahor said this while presenting a paper
titled “Combating Lassa fever: A National Health
Challenge”, organised by the University of Benin
on Friday in Benin.
The expert therefore, commended the Federal
Government for creating more awareness about
the disease calling for sustenance of the
awareness initiative
Also, he applauded the trials of newly developed
Lassa virus vaccine in the country.
He said that the vaccine developed by a combined
team from the U.S. Army Medical Research
Institute for Infectious Diseases and the Public
Health Agencies of Canada was a promising
vaccine for controlling Lassa fever.
According to him, “this live and harmless vaccine,
which is wrapped in a strain of vaccinia virus,
contains a protein produced by the Lassa virus.
“Once injected into the body, the presence of the
Lassa protein stimulates a protective response
from the immune system.
“The humans that will take it as a vaccine will be
protected and antibodies will be developed that
will protect the persons against future effect of
Lassa virus if infected.”

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