Lassa Fever: Kebbi Govt Confirms Six Cases, One Death

Lassa Fever: Kebbi Govt Confirms Six Cases, One Death

The government of Kebbi state confirmed one death out of the six reported cases of Lassa fever in the state.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, Assad Hassan, an Epidemiologist at the state Ministry of Health said the cases were recorded between February and April 2019.

He revealed four of the victims were from Birnin Kebbi while the others were from Bunza Local Government Area of the state.

“The persons confirmed to be infected with the disease are between 23 to 65 years, and they include four males and two females,’’ he said.

According to the Epidemiologist, the deceased who was one of the females died within hours after she was brought to the Federal Medical Center in Birnin Kebbi.

He revealed further that the blood sample taken from the deceased tested positive to Lassa fever.

“The medical doctor that attended to the deceased was also infected with the fever but has been treated and discharged from hospital,’’ he added.

Mr. Hassan further explained that the last confirmed case was on April 27. He refuted reports that two children had died last week as a result of the fever.

“In response to the outbreak, there have been continuous sensitization of health care workers on Lassa Fever detection and infection, prevention and control measures within the hospital setting.

“Similarly, advocacy, social mobilization, and community engagement have been carried out in all the 21 LGAs of the state,’’ Mr. Hassan said.

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