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Lassa Fever strikes in Ondo, Kano, kills 18

Lassa Fever strikes in Ondo, Kano, kills 18

Doris Ukaonu

Three persons, including two medical doctors and a pregnant woman, have died from Lassa fever at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano.

The doctors, a consultant Anesthesia and a House Officer died after they operated on the Pregnant Woman who was suspected as the main carrier of the disease. 

The Guardian reports that the cases were already under investigation and the hospital had already collected samples of the primary source of investigation. The outbreak of the disease and the recent deaths were confirmed by the Chairman of Nigeria Medical Doctors (NMA) in Kano, Dr. Sanusi Bala.

To track secondary suspects, the Acting Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr. Auwalu Umar Gajida, informed that AKTH and the state Ministry of Health are already working together.

Pending the outcome of the results from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Gajida said that hospitals in the state had begun educating indigenes on safety and precautionary measures, and members of the staff were warned against releasing information on social media to avoid panic.

Meanwhile, an outbreak of the disease was also confirmed in Ondo State by  Dr. Steven Fagbemi, an Epidemiologist, yesterday January 22. Among a total of  84 cases recorded, 16 patients already lost their lives, because their cases had reached a climax before they arrived at the hospital for treatment. Although 21 patients have been treated and discharged, 47 patients are currently receiving treatment.

Dr. Yahaya Disu of NCDC mentioned that the cases were recorded in Owo, Akoko South West, Akure South and Ondo West council areas of the state. 

Speaking concerning the outbreak, the governor of Ondo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said “This is a serious infectious disease that has been in the country for some time. It is caused by an organism and spread to humans through rats.

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“Lassa fever outbreak has been occurring fairly regularly for many decades, but unfortunately in the past few years, it has increased in magnitude. Sadly, within the few weeks of this year, several persons have been affected and some had died from the disease.”

He further assured the residents that there was no cause for alarm and that everything was under control, also urging they maintained proper hygiene.

 

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