Lassa Fever Kills 2 In Lagos

Rats primary carriers of Lassa fever virus

The patients died after spending a few days in admission at the Hospital.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, who issued the statement, added that the Ministry of Health, in line with global standards, "is now carrying out "contact tracing" to determine those who may have been infected".

He said, "We have been to the house of the late patients and hospitals where they were first admitted".

"If you see anybody with symptoms that will suggest Lassa fever, let us refer them promptly because this disease can be treated".

The President of ARD, LUTH, Dr Adebayo Sekunmade, said that the management of the hospital was managing the situation.

"Mrs S, a 32-year-old lady came with bleeding complications of pregnancy on 25th of July, died same day and had a post-mortem examination performed on 27th July".

"I am not aware of the Lassa fever outbreak; I don't even know how to prevent getting it, I am so concerned about my sister's treatment".

"We are on top of the situation and there should be no panic".

Dr. Mohammed Kawuwa said the suspected cases have been isolated to avoid contact or spread of the disease while the clinical appraisal is going on.


"He had enjoined all LUTH workers to maintain a heightened level of alert in the wake of this new outbreak and observe universal precautions in handling all suspected cases of this viral hemorrhagic fever".

Chris Bode, confirmed this on Wednesday, August 9, at a joint briefing by the hospital's management and officials from the state Ministry.

"There are adequate materials for containment of the disease while drugs have been made available to treat anyone confirmed with the disease. Two other suspected cases from Lagos state are also now admitted and quarantined while undergoing confirmatory laboratory tests", he stated.

"Two other suspected cases from Lagos State are also presently admitted and quarantined while undergoing confirmatory laboratory tests".

The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Segun Orisajo, confirmed that Adesuyi, who'd been placed under watch alongside two members of staff, died of the virus. He added that three health workers who developed symptoms had tested positive and were on admission, receiving treatment in an isolation ward in LUTH.

The chief medical director also said that personal and environment hygiene were critical measures against Lassa fever.

"Lassa fever virus" host is the "multi-mammate rat' called Mastomys natalensis which has many br**sts and lives in the bush and around residential areas".

He said Lagos residents were also advised to report suspected case or cases of the disease symptoms or persistent high fever not responding to standard treatment for malaria and typhoid fever to the nearest health facility, adding that the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit was now intensifying surveillance activities.

Addressing newsmen in Damaturu the state capital, the Commissioner said seven suspected cases were initially under surveillance but clinical appraisal revealed three as false, four are now undergoing clinical appraisal awaiting final results.

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