Lassa fever kills 1 in Akwa Ibom – Three suspected cases of Lassa fever have surfaced in Akwa Ibom state, with one confirmed case having died.
One of the suspected cases had absconded according to state commissioner for health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, who also revealed that the another of the patients was already receiving treatment for HIV.
“The situation is that Akwa Ibom is no longer free,” Ukpong said, “and since rat meat is not so much a delicacy in the state, I appeal to those that eat rat to please stop it. We advise that you keep cats if you can, because cats drive away rats.”
In Lagos state a de-rat program has begun in the state, carried out by the Lagos state chapter of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria.
According to chapter president, the markets being cleaned are the Onigbongbo, Oshodi, Oke-Odo, Ikotun Idanwo, Ojuwoye, Mile 12 and Alaba-Rago markets.