Of more than 3,000 suspected cases across 23 states, 633 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus. In Ebonyi state, in the southeast of the country, 16 healthcare workers were infected by the disease and eight died.
Médecins Sans Frontières began working in Ebonyi in March 2018, partnering with the Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki and the local Ministry of Health to improve knowledge of this neglected disease among communities, and support healthcare workers to diagnose and treat it. Now, as the dry season approaches once again, people are returning to farming and hunting – increasing their contact with rats, the transmitters of the virus. And healthcare workers are preparing for a spike in cases.