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Cases of Lassa Fever Confirmed in Abuja, Oyo & Rivers

Valentine Chinyem

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The current outbreak of Lassa Fever has extended to Abuja, the federal capital territory and two other states of the federation.

According to a confirmation from the federal ministry of health, the outbreak was recorded in the Kubwa area of FCT, with one patient dying at the National Hospital Abuja.

Boade Akinola, director of press and public relations at the ministry, released a statement saying Isaac Adewole, a professor and minister of health, had ordered the tracking of all primary and secondary contacts of the victim.

Meanwhile in Ibadan, Oyo State, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Professor Temitope Alonge has confirmed a second case of Lassa fever disease, where the patient, an eight-month-old baby has been receiving treatment.

According to him, the first patient has been treated and discharged, eight-month-old Aisha is undergoing treatment for Lassa fever at the Infectious Disease Center of the teaching hospital.

Aisha’s parents are said to be living at the Sabo community under Ibadan North Local Government.

More so, a medica doctor working with Braithwait Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMH), Dr. Livy Ijamala, has died from Lassa Fever, bringing to three the number of people killed by the disease in the state.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses. It is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rodent excreta.

The disease is endemic in the rodent population in parts of West Africa. Person-to-person infections and laboratory transmission can also occur, particularly in the hospital environment in the absence of adequate infection control measures. Diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential.