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Nigerians have been dying from a dangerous fever since the beginning of the year, and the epidemic is still spreading. Lassa fever is not new, but it is difficult to treat, and this new epidemic is moving faster than ever before. Most people who catch Lassa will experience only mild symptoms, such as fever and a headache. But the fever can imitate Ebola, affecting organs and destroying blood vessels, causing bleeding from the nose, mouth, and other parts of the body. Lassa normally has a fatality rate of 1 percent, but in the outbreak in Nigeria almost 20 percent of confirmed victims have died, according to the country’s Centre for Disease Control.