Lassa Fever Breaks Out In Taraba, Kills One


Taraba State government has reported an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state, killing one person and leaving two others in observation.

The state Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai said, “One person died and two others quarantined and their blood samples have already been taken to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation.”

The commissioner while explaining how the fever spreads urged the public not to panic as the government is managing the outbreak effectively.

“People usually get infected with the Lassa Virus after exposure to infected rodents, while person to person transmission occurs through direct contact with the sick person.”

“Other precautionary measures include putting food in rodent proof containers and wearing protections such as masks, gloves, gowns among others,” he added.

He further advised that anyone who witnesses nasal bleeding or bleeding through the anus and mouth should report to the nearest hospital as these are some of the symptoms of the fever.




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