NCDC Opens Registration And Abstract Submission In Preparation For Lassa Fever Conference In Nigeria
Fifty years after the detection of the first Lassa fever case in Nigeria, outbreaks have been recorded yearly in parts of the country. The disease is also endemic in other West African countries including Benin Republic, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone.
In 2018, Nigeria experienced the largest reported outbreak of Lassa fever. Of the 36 States in the country, 21 were affected.
Against this background, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and partners will host the first international conference on Lassa fever in Abuja, Nigeria on the 16th and 17th of January 2019.
The 50th year of discovery of the Lassa fever virus will provide an opportunity for the scientific community to reflect on what is known, describe gaps that exist and prioritise the research agenda for the future.
Registration and abstract submission are now open to the public on the conference website www.lic.ncdc.gov.ng. The NCDC uses this opportunity to invite epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, researchers, veterinary doctors and officers, anthropologists, media officers, other professionals and members of the public in Nigeria and globally, with an interest in Lassa fever to register and be part of this milestone scientific event.
Nigeria is on track to lead the research and development of Lassa fever public health solutions. This conference is one of the preliminary steps towards this, in order to protect the health of Nigerians and contribute to global health security.