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Lassa fever spreads to Abuja, claims first victim

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has announced the death of one confirmed Lassa fever victim at the National Hospital, Abuja.

The National Hospital, Abuja. Photo credit: media.premiumtimesng.com/
The National Hospital, Abuja. Photo credit: media.premiumtimesng.com/

Prof. Adewole confirmed the development on Wednesday evening at the National Hospital.

He called on health workers at all levels to be more vigilant and look out for patients with symptoms of Lassa fever.

The minister has also directed that all primary and secondary contacts of the victim should be tracked, including the staff of the private hospital in Kubwa, where the deceased was first managed for one week and subsequently became unconscious before referral to the National Hospital.

He also advised that family members should report at the nearest hospital if anyone has fever for more than two days
Adewole told residents of Abuja not to panic but to maintain high level vigilance and present themselves for test if they feel unhealthy or they feel symptoms of Lassa fever. The symptoms include high fever, stooling, tiredness and vomiting.

Adewole added that self-medication should be avoided at this period.

Medical Director of the National Hospital, Dr. Jack Momoh, who briefed Adewole on Tuesday evening during his visit to the Hospital, said the patient was brought in unconscious from a private hospital in Kubwa, where he was admitted for eight days.

The 33-year-old, who was newly married, lived in Jos Plateau but came to see a family member in Kubwa because of his illness.

He however died within 24 hours of presentation at the National Hospital.

The latest death from Lassa fever brings the total number of deaths to 43 in the country.

The deaths have been recorded in 10 states.


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