The Imo State Health Commissioner, Dr. Angela Uwakwem has revealed that two residents of Owerri have died of the deadly Lassa fever which has resurfaced in the State.
Uwakwem confirmed this on Wednesday saying “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It is confirmed.”
“We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed.
“The Imo State Government is working hard to establish the point of first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people.
“People should stop unnecessary shaking of hands. People should also stop eating exposed foods. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to make use of rat poison in their homes.”
The Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, explained that the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has been informed of the outbreak of the virus and the number of victims.
He discredited the speculations that the victims died in FMC, Owerri, saying that the authorities of the hospital referred them out of the Federal Government-owned facility after they had been given medical attention.
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