Nasarawa State Loses 4 Persons To Lassa Fever

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The government of Nasarawa state has confirmed that four persons have lost their lives to Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

The confirmation was made by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, on Monday while speaking to newsmen in Lafia.

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Iya also revealed that 16 suspected cases have been recorded in the state, out of which, four were confirmed positive and all of them have died.

He explained that the index case for the current outbreak was recorded in November 2016 and died a day later, while the three others died between Jan. 13 and Jan. 15.

The Health Commissioner also stated that the last three victims were discovered to be relatives of the index case, adding that 36 others, who had contact with the victims, were being followed up.

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Iya further made it known that the state government was doing all it could with the assistance of the federal government through the provision of protective kits for medical personnel taking care of Lassa fever patients as well as drugs for treatment of the disease.

He said the state rapid response team had stepped up sensitization updates for health workers to check the spread of the disease.

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Iya urged health workers in the state to always follow standard procedures in taking care of patients in the hospital.



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