High school students wear face masks as they wash their hands on August 3, the first day of partial resumption of classes in Lagos, Nigeria, since the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Nigeria's management of the COVID-19 outbreak, and other future outbreaks, will require improved diagnostic capacity, effective testing and tracing, and massive investment in health infrastructure.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems able to spread to anyone, anywhere.
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
Alarmed by a rapid spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science is calling on government to declare a health emergency.
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Concerned about rising cases and spread of Lassa fever, the Nigerian Academy of Science has called on government to declare it a national health emergency.
Countries can be better prepared and respond faster to disease outbreaks if public health data is shared more freely.
Sharing data openly across regions and organisations can help to accelerate preparedness and responses to public health emergencies.
Nigeria has a massive battle tackling Lassa fever.
Nigeria was quick to respond and control the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Nigeria's health systems are overwhelmed and incapable of sustaining high quality disease surveillance, prevention, control and response.
The Nipah virus in India is just one example of a viral outbreak in 2018.
It doesn't just seem like the world is experiencing more viral infections than before – it's a reality. And the way humans live today helps viruses thrive.
Lassa fever in several Nigerian states is being spread by rats.
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Lassa outbreaks are becoming more widespread in Nigeria but have not been given national emergency status like Ebola.
Cold War, dictators and cover-ups – Ebola's secret history.
Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole has a great deal of fixing to the country’s primary healthcare system.
Newly appointed Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole is focused on providing primary healthcare services.
The current epidemic of Ebola, which started in March 2014, has reached Lagos, the most populous city in the most populous country in Africa. This is a huge concern. And while Margaret Chan, director-general…