Panic as Lassa fever reemerges in Nigeria

Lassa fever has reemerged in Nigeria with the official announcement by the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abeokuta today (Tuesday) of the death of a nursing staff to Lassa fever, the hospital also announced that two others have been placed observation.

According to the hospital management, the nurse died last week after battling with the sickness, which is also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF). The hospital’s Head of Information, Segun Orisajo confirmed the development to Daily Trust, but assured that the management has put up necessary measures to curtail the situation.

He said the name of the victim is Adebusuyi Bolanle, she died from complications which arose from contacting the fever.

“Yes, I can confirmed that we lost a staff Nurse to the Lassa fever and two others are undergoing observation as I speak with you. The immediate families of the deceased have been contacted and they were here today (Tuesday) for observation.

“The state commissioner for health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has been here too to carry out the necessary steps to stop the spread. The management can assure staff and patients that everything is under checks,” Orisajo said.

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