Lassa fever spreads to Rivers state says Health commissioner


After initial reports of outbreaks of Lassa Fever in Kano and Taraba states, a   nursing mother and her two weeks-old baby were reported to have died of the disease in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last week, journalists learnt yesterday.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Theophilus Odagme, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday.

“The incident happened between  December 30, 2015 and January 1, 2016 involving a mother and later her two weeks-old child.‬

Yesterday at about 10 pm, I received a call that a mother and her child had died in a hospital following a similar and serious fever which killed them suspected to be Lassa Fever. After series of tests conducted on them it was confirmed that they died of the disease”, he said.

Dr. Odagme said the government had started work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent outbreak of the disease in the state.

He said contact tracing had begun and sensitization of healthcare providers was ongoing to address the disease.‬

The commissioner appealed to residents with symptoms of the disease to visit any nearest government hospital for diagnosis.

He also urged residents to maintain high sense of hygiene, identifying  some of the symptoms as high fever, vomiting, bleeding from the nose, mouth and anus.
Dr. Odagme advised members of the public to ensure that their food and foodstuff are properly covered to avoid contact with rodents.


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