Lassa Fever Update: Two Dead, Three More Test Positive.
LUTH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode has confirmed that three more persons under watch for Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, have tested positive to the disease.
Two persons, including a 36-year-old pregnant woman have died as a result of the infection in the last few days. The newly discovered cases are among the more than 100 people kept under observation for having been in contact with the pregnant woman.
Meanwhile, the State Government has urged Lagosians not to panic, saying the epidemic was near containment in the state. As part of efforts to contain the spread of the contagious disease, the Lagos State Government has taken over the burial of the corpse of the 2nd victim who is said to be a sickle cell patient that was admitted on August 5.
The corpse of the first victim had been moved to Ilesa, Osun State, in order for the officials there to dispose of the body according to international standards.
At a joint briefing by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital’s management and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health on Wednesday, the Director, Diseases Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Eniola Erinosho said the private hospitals where the victims had visited before they were referred to LUTH had been placed under a 21-day surveillance.
“The outbreak is under control. We have enough drugs and we have received enough assistance from partners. Let us please douse the panic created by unguarded statements and if anyone needs to make enquiries, we have already provided hotlines for this,’’ he said.
All hospitals across the state to maintain high index of suspicion and contact LUTH on 08058019466, 08058744780, 07035521015 and 08023299445.
Four people are also being quarantined for clinical analysis in Yobe over suspected case of Lassa fever.
While briefing the press in Damaturu yesterday, Yobe state Commissioner for Health, Dr Bello Kawuwa, said seven people were initially held, but three had been discharged after clinical analysis. The commissioner said though, earlier results did not indicate that the four people have Lassa fever, a second laboratory test would be carried out on them.