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Lagos Calls For Calm On Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever, Lagos Calls For Calm

The Lagos State Government has urged residents not to panic as officials confirmed three more cases of Lassa fever in the state saying it is doing everything possible to control the spread of the diseases.

THEWILL recalls that two persons infected with the disease have died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, while a resident doctor who participated in the autopsy on the cases got infected.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, who issued the statement, added that the Ministry of Health, in line with international standards, is currently carrying out ‘contact tracing’ to determine those who may have been infected.

He added that isolation centres have been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases while drugs and other materials have also been prepositioned at designated facilities.

Onanuga, confirming five cases of the disease, said two deaths had been recorded, noting that the remaining three patients were responding to treatment in designated isolation centres.

“The first case of the disease; a 32-year-old woman with bleeding complications of pregnancy, died at LUTH on July 25 and had a post-mortem examination performed on July 27 with the result of viral studies coming out positive for Lassa fever on July 29,” Onanuga said.

“The second case, a known sickle cell disease patient, died on the 5th of August, also at LUTH. He was said to have travelled to one of the neighbouring states before coming down with the disease.

“The two cases have since been buried in line with prescribed international standards.”

The Special Adviser added that three health workers who developed symptoms had tested positive and were on admission receiving treatment in an isolation ward in LUTH.

He stressed the need for residents to maintain personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of the disease and advised the public to avoid contact with rats, to always cover their food and water properly, cook food thoroughly and block all hideouts and holes through which rats can enter the house.

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