Oyo Denies Lassa Fever Outbreak In the State



Oyo State Ministry of Health has refuted reports of Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

In a statement by the ministry’s Acting Director of Public Health, Dr.Taiwo Ladipo, yesterday, he insisted that the three suspected cases reported and diagnosed at the University College Hospital (UCH) had no feature of the disease. He said no single case of Lassa fever had been established in the state since 2015 when the first suspected case was subjected to clinical test at the Federal Ministry of Health’s reference laboratory in Lagos.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole had earlier listed states affected by Lassa fever as; Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo. Read here if you missed.

Ladipo however, cautioned residents against consumption of rodents and to avoid contact with the blood, urine and faeces of rats when killing them as a preventive measure against Lassa fever.


Source: The Guardian 




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