The Rift Valley Fever (FVR) has claimed four lives in Mauritania, the Mauritanian Health Minister, Ould Ahmedou Ould Hademine Jelvoune said.
According to the minister who was speaking to TV channel Al-Mouritaniye, the first case was diagnosed on 14th September 2015.
A second case occurred on 24th September followed by several others on October 2, he said.
Jelvoune explained that it is not the same fever that has been widely diagnosed in recent months among Nouakchott residents.
People with FVR are usually treated before reaching the haemorrhagic stage and the death rate among them is between 1%-3%, he added.
In most cases, humans are infected with FVR after direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
The virus can be transmitted when handling infected animal tissues or during foetuses or carcasses’ disposal, according to the World Health Organization.