Tension Grips Lagosians As Lassa Fever Kills One, 2 Fresh Cases Confirmed

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Pandemonium was the order of the day on Friday, January 22, in Lagos as the state government announced two more cases of Lassa fever in the state, with one of the victims already dead.

The host, of Lassa virus is a rodent known as the "multimammate rat" of the genus Mastomys
The host, of Lassa Fever is a rodent known as the “multimammate rat” of the genus Mastomys

This development was made known by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, on Friday, who confirmed that the number of Lassa fever cases in the state to three, including the index case at Ahmaddiya Hospital in Ojokoro part of the state.

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According to him, the index case was responding to treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

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Speaking on the dead victim, the Health Commissioner said the Lassa fever victim died because his case was presented late.

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The victim, a 51-year-old resident of Ilasan Leki and indigene of Edo State, was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, this year, but died at 2 pm the same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive was received.

His corpse has been kept in the morgue in a leak proof body bag.

“The three confirmed cases are not related in terms of source of infections,” he stated.

The Lagos government is currently battling with 14 suspected cases of the diseases as at Thursday, January 16, 2016.



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