Lassa Fever Kills One in Plateau, Spreads to Delta and Ekiti #StopLassaFever

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LASSA fever has claimed another victim in Plateau State. Kuden Dayin, commissioner for health in the state, who confirmed the report to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said the latest development brought to three, the number of persons so far killed by the disease in the state.

Dayin said the death occurred at Ting village in Fombur district of Mangu local government area on Saturday, January 16. According to him, relations, friends and health workers, who came in contact with the latest victims, have been placed under surveillance. He also disclosed that 32 persons were currently under surveillance in Mangu, up from the 15 earlier placed under surveillance in the area last week.

The commissioner, however, said that none of the persons under surveillance had shown any positive sign of symptoms of the disease. He commended the federal ministry of health and the World Health Organisation for supplying drugs to the state through the Centre for Disease Control. He warned people against the consumption of rat meat. Dayin also advised residents to ensure personal and environmental hygiene to minimise the possibility of contacting the disease.

That notwithstanding, the hemorrhagic disease has found its way to Delta and Ekiti states. In Delta, a 65-year-old woman from Anambra State, who was receiving medical attention at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asaba, capital of Delta State, was referred to Federal Medical Centre, in Asaba, when her conditioned worsened. She later tested positive to the disease. According to the Delta State Rapid Response Team on Lassa fever, 22 persons who had contact with the confirmed case have been placed on surveillance, while five samples have been sent for laboratory investigation.

In Ekiti, a patient on admission at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, tested positive to the disease on Monday, January 18. Olurotimi Ojo, commissioner for health, said the state’s medical team was working hard to save the patient, who has already been isolated at the hospital.

— Jan 19, 2016 @ 16:20 GMT

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