Lassa fever confirmed in Delta State

Lassa fever confirmed in Delta State

Mfonobong Akpan

Delta state has joined the league of states currently battling the dreaded lassa fever that has claimed over 45 lives across the country since its outbreak.

The victim, a 65-year-old woman (name withheld), from Ifiogwari village, Ayamelunu, Anambra state, who was said to have come for treatment in Asaba, was first admitted at St. Joseph’s Hospital, from where she was referred to Federal Medical Centre, Asaba when her conditioned worsened.

The case was confirmed at the virology laboratory, Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

Two other samples sent to the same laboratory for confirmation however tested negative.

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.

Meanwhile, the State Government has informed the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, on these developments and the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has provided the necessary logistics to enhance contact tracing and other control measures.

Residents have been advised to maintain a high level of personal and environmental hygiene, keep their food and water away from rats and promptly report any one with the above signs and symptoms to the nearest health centre or hospital or call the following numbers.

source: PM News

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