However, this estimate is probably low for total number of incident infections, as 80 percent of people infected with the virus present asymptomatically. The other 20 percent present with severe and acute hemorrhagic fever syndrome and multi-system disease. Patients that are identified to have severe disease are normally treated with Ribavirin with varying degrees of success.
The ProMed report gave no indication as to what the Nigerian Center for Disease Control is planning on doing in response to the outbreak. I would assume that the next step would be vector control and a public health campaign about staying away from rodent excreta. Additionally, the report mentions that unless proper control measures are taken, human to human transmission is possible. As there is no vaccine available, prevention will have to take the form of education, behavioral modification, and animal reservoir control.
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- Marcus Munoz