UPDATE ON THE NEW LASSA FEVER

Update on Lassa Fever:
The Lagos State Ministry of Health has reported not less than four suspected cases of Lassa fever in the state, three of which have tested negative to the disease and one confirmed primary contact quarantined. The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who confirmed the suspected cases in Lagos in a statement made available to Tribune Online, said that three of the four suspected cases were reported by the Mainland Hospital and General Hospital in Mushin and that further laboratory tests released on Tuesday had ascertained all three suspects negative of Lassa virus, the cause of Lassa fever, while the quarantined suspect is a primary contact of the confirmed case in Rivers State who lives in Lagos. Dr Idris further stated that the primary contact, alongside other secondary contacts, had been placed on close monitoring, but maintaining that none had manifested symptoms of the disease while they are placed under investigation.

The Federal Government says Lassa fever has claimed 41 lives from 93 reported cases in 10 states of the country.
The Federal Government, on Friday, put the death toll at 40 out of 86 reported cases of Lassa fever outbreak in same 10 states.
The number of the suspected cases also rose from 86 last week to 93. Professor Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, confirmed this in Abuja on Tuesday at a joint ministerial news conference on the update of the outbreak of the disease.
However, Adewole said there were no new confirmed cases or death in the last 48 hours.
Tribune

Lassa Fever’s symptoms can be very tricky. It is usually similar to malaria and typhoid fever. These are some of the symptoms a victim experiences
. Fever
. Headache
. Sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea
. Yellowness of the eye balls.
. As the disease progresses, some organs may fail
. Bleeding may occur into the skin or/and from gums, nose, into the eyes.

HOW TO PREVENT LASSA FEVER
Avoid Rats. Avoid contact with them, cover your food so they don’t come in contact with them. Do not eat rats. Isolate infected persons. And use of masks, gloves, gowns, goggles etc when attending to infected persons. Keep a clean house and environment.
WHO, InformationNg

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