Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (L) arrives to attend the closing session of the ECOWAS Summit in Abuja on July 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday.The outbreak of Lassa fever was only announced in January -- months after the first case of the disease happened in August -- with subsequent deaths reported in 10 states, including Abuja.Last year, 12 people died in Nigeria out of 375 infected, while in 2012 there were 1,723 cases and 112 deaths, according to the NCDC. Benin was last hit by a Lassa fever outbreak in October 2014, when nine people suspected of having the virus died.
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