Rat poison sales boom in Nigeria over Lassa fever fears

25 January 2016 - 13:07 By Aminu ABUBAKAR

Sales of rat poison have taken off in Nigeria following an outbreak of Lassa fever that has left at least 76 people dead and sparked fears of contagion across the country. In the northern city of Kano, the capital of one of 17 states where the haemorrhagic virus has been recorded, there have been "unprecedented" purchases of the pest control product.

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