Lassa Fever Outbreak – 76 Confirmed Positive In Edo State

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Lassa fever outbreak

After examining 175 suspected cases of Lassa fever in Edo state 76 people were tested positive

Edo state Health Commissioner Dr Patrick Okundia presented the number on Friday, January 24, at the Lassa Fever Committee meeting chaired by the State’s Deputy Governor Mr Philip Shaibu , and a representative from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Okundia said; 

“A total of 76 suspected cases of Lassa fever were confirmed yesterday in the state and they are currently on admission in the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. We have not recorded any new death but have also reduced our case fatality rate to less than 10 per cent. The number of cases in the ward now is 34, and we have discharge over 28 patients that have been fully treated and cured.”

Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, urged hospitals in all parts of the state to report suspected cases to special hospitals and isolation centers in Irrua.

He said; 

“Ministries of environment, agriculture, education, information and other relevant ministries should also step up in the area of public awareness of the people.

The 18 local government councils of the state should call for emergency meeting which will include private health practitioners for the purpose of early referral.”

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