Thursday, January 14

Lassa fever hits Abuja

According to a confirmation from the federal ministry of health, the current outbreak of Lassa Fever has extended to Abuja. The outbreak was recorded in the Kubwa area of FCT, with one patient dying at the National Hospital.

Boade Akinola, director of press and public relations at the ministry, released a statement saying Isaac Adewole, a professor and minister of health, had ordered the tracking of all primary and secondary contacts of the victim.

These include the staff of the private hospital in Kubwa where the deceased was first managed for one week, until he became unconscious, before referral to the national hospital. He also advised that family members should report at the nearest hospital if anyone has fever for more than two days.

The statement urged Abuja residents not to panic but to maintain high level vigilance and present themselves for test if they feel unhealthy or they feel symptoms of Lassa fever, which includes high fever, stooling, tiredness and vomiting adding that self-medication should be avoided at this period.

Yesterday's confirmation brings the total number of Lassa Fever deaths to 41 in 10 states and the federal capital territory.

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