Lassa fever outbreak rages on in Nigeria

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Lassa fever kills one in Kwara, female doctor at LUTH test positive.

The government of Kwara state has confirmed the death of one person arising from Lassa fever. This was announced by the state’s health commissioner, Atolagbe Alege, in Ilorin. According to media reports monitored by HealthNewsNG, the commissioner said the alert became necessary in view of the outcome of the results of the samples taken to Virology Department of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, for verification.

Alege, however, said there was no cause for alarm, said the state government had procured necessary drugs and other medications to prevent the disease from spreading.

In a related development, a new case of Lassa fever case was confirmed last Thursday at LUTH. The new case is a medical doctor who had close contact with the index case, even as 65 others are still under watch.

Disclosing this while giving an update on the Lassa fever cases at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, said the patient, a female, had already commenced treatment and is expected to recover fully very soon.

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