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Lassa Fever: Lagos Records First Death

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The Lagos State government, today, confirmed the death of one of the three reported cases of Lassa Fever in the state.

Giving the update in Lagos, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said one dead victim was expected to be buried later Friday.

The commissioner disclosed that the State has recorded 14 suspected cases of Lassa Fever as at January 21 and the Ministry of Health has shortlisted 447 contacts of the confirmed cases and 438 (98 per cent) of the contacts who are currently being monitored.

Speaking on the late victim, the commissioner said that it was a 51-year-old man who lived in Ilasan, Lekki and returned from Edo where he attended a wedding ceremony on December 28, last year.

According to Idris, the late patient was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, 2016 and referred to Mainland Hospital Yaba early January 18, 2016 and later died at 2pm same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive of Lassa Fever was received.

Giving breakdown of the Lassa Fever cases in Lagos, he said the first confirmed case at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the second and third cases at Mainland General hospital.

The Commissioner also stated that the Ministry had established an Emergency Operations Centre( EOC) and holds a daily briefing meeting at 6pm in the conference room of the ministry.

He requested for more Ribavirin injection and tablets and other items from the Federal Ministry of Health, adding that there is need for step up on community sensitization intervention.

 

 

 


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