Kwara Govt Confirms new Cases Of Lassa Fever

The Kwara State Government has confirmed two cases of Lassa Fever as  well  as  a case of Yellow Fever infection  in  the  state.

Speaking with newsmen at a press briefing, the Kwara  state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Usman Rifun-Kolo said the outbreak of Lassa Fever was identified in a farm settlement in Taberu and Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.

He explained that the two cases of the disease involve a husband and wife who were natives of Benin Republic which has border with the state, adding that the husband and wife were farming in Baruten.

According to him, the husband and wife were diagnosed in a health facility which confirmed the case, and that the state government had already deployed disease surveillance team to identify those who have been in contact with patients.

Rifun-Kolo maintained that the surveillance team  had identified four people with history of fever in the area, noting that the four cases raised suspicion of Lassa fever, which prompted them to take samples from the individuals for further  investigation.

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Breaking: FCT Records Fresh Case Of Lassa Fever

The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has recorded a fresh case of Lassa fever in the territory, bringing the number of confirmed cases to three within three months.

The Director of Public Health in the Health and Human Services Secretariat in FCT, Dr. Humphrey Okoroukwu,  disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

NAN recalls that one of the two victims of the confirmed cases earlier recorded at Bwari Area Council of the FCT died sometime in January.

Okoroukwu explained that the newly confirmed case was recorded in Abuja Municipal Area Council and the patient was already recovering.

“The new case was confirmed just last Wednesday and we thank God the patient is doing well in the hospital.

“The patient reported early and the doctor’s alertness to detect the suspected case before confirmation in the laboratory has helped to manage the situation,” he said.

The director urged residents of FCT not to panic over the development but to rather take their personal and environmental hygiene seriously.

Okoroukwu urged the residents to imbibe the habit of regular washing of hands, keep their environment clean and dispose of their domestic waste to avoid rats.

He called on Nigerians to promptly report any suspected case of fever to the nearest hospital because fever was one of the symptoms of Lassa-fever.


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Lassa Fever: Death Toll Hits 114 With 365 Cases In 19 States

The latest Lassa fever outbreak in country has claimed four more lives, caused 12 confirmed new cases and 265 fresh suspected infections in one week.

An update released yesterday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), showed that between March 5-11, 2018, 12 new confirmed cases were recorded from seven states: Edo (three), Ondo (two), Bauchi (two), Ebonyi (one), Plateau (one), Taraba (one), Ekiti (one) and Kaduna (one) with four new deaths, three in confirmed cases from Plateau, Edo and Kaduna and one probable death in Ondo.

According to the NCDC, from January 1 to March 11, 2018, a total of 1,386 suspected cases: of these, 365 are confirmed positive, nine are probable, 988 are negative (not a case) and 24 are awaiting laboratory results.

The NCDC in the latest update signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 114 deaths; 81 in positive-confirmed cases, nine in probable cases and 24 in negative cases. However, Case Fatality Rate (CFR) in confirmed and probable cases increased from 23.9 to 24 per cent.

According to the report, 19 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 55 Local council areas (Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe, Ekiti and Kaduna).

The NCDC said Kaduna State reported one new confirmed case for the first time in this outbreak as seven states have exited the active phase of the outbreak with 12 states still active.

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Lassa Fever Killed 37 Nigerians In 35 Days, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO), has said as many as 450 people may have been infected with Lassa Fever in Nigeria in less than five wees.

In a statement on Tuesday, WHO stated that 43 suspected deaths from the viral haemorrhagic fever were reported between January 1 and February 4 and 37 of them had been confirmed.

WHO Representative to Nigeria, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, called it an “unusually high number of cases for this time of the year.”

The disease starts as a fever with body aches and can progress to patients bleeding from the nose or mouth. As it stands, there is no vaccine for the dreaded disease.

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Lassa Outbreak: FG Talks Tough, Cautions Doctors To Wear Protective Apparels

Concerned over the increasing number of health workers infected with Lassa fever, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has blamed it on their refusal to take necessary precaution while treating patients.

Adewole stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when he paid a courtesy call on Governor David Umahi.

According to the Minister, most doctors treat the deadly disease as if it “is any other ordinary disease” and thus fail to wear protective medical apparels while treating patients.

“What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected then the country is in danger because every person that will go and meet that doctor or nurse is at risk.

”I want to say that up till today no health care worker has contacted Lassa at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo state because if you take precaution, wear gloves before you take blood, wear gloves before you operate, you can’t catch Lassa fever.

“Lassa fever requires close contact between the blood of an infected person and healthcare workers looking after him. Once you wear gloves, wear protective gown, you can’t have Lassa fever. But what we have discovered is that doctors and nurses treat Lassa as if it is just ordinary flu or malaria, but it is not,” the minister said.

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Lassa Fever Kills five in Ondo

The Ondo State government has confirmed the death of five persons from Lassa fever in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi, stated these on Tuesday.

According to him, 24 persons are in critical condition in different parts of the state.

He said cases occurred in Owo, Akoko Southwest, Akure North and Akure South local government areas of the state.

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Lassa Fever Kills One In Nasarawa

Lassa Fever has resurfaced in Nasarawa State, killing one person out of the 15 suspected cases receiving attention at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi.

Director of Public Health of the State Ministry of Health, Dr Ibrahim Adamu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday in Lafia, the state capital.

Dr Adamu also said relatives of the deceased have all been tested and are under surveillance.

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Lassa Fever: Ebonyi Cautions Residents Against “Indiscriminate Handshakes”

Governor of Ebonyi  State, David Umahi has advised its people to minimize handshakes, following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.

Umahi gave the advice on in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the outcome of a meeting with the management of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA), the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and other stakeholders in the health sector.

On Monday, the state government confirmed the death of two persons from a renewed Lassa Fever outbreak in the state.

Dr. Daniel Onwuzurike, the Commissioner for Health, who made the disclosure, said that the deceased included a medical doctor and a nurse working at FETHA.

Umahi urged members of the public to report cases of high temperature, especially those that persisted for two or more days, to hospitals.

“Do not wait for the affected person to report to the hospital; do it yourself,” he said.

He also advised people against eating rats and bush meat, and stressed the need to wash hands frequently.

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Lassa Fever: Enugu NMA Inaugurates 22-Member Committee

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Enugu State has inaugurated a 22-member committee on Lassa fever following reported re-emergence of the disease in Ebonyi State.

The state Chairman of the association, Dr Cajetan Onyedum, said the move was necessary to sensitise residents of the state as well as health workers on the need to be vigilant and take necessary action.

“We got official information yesterday on the death of two of our colleagues following confirmed outbreak of Lassa fever in Ebonyi. This morning a nurse also died as a result of the same disease while another colleague is in a critical condition. We thought it would be wise to set up this committee due to the proximity between Enugu and Ebonyi in order to check the incidences here,” he said.

Onyedum said members of the committee were selected from key institutions in the state, adding that the committee would soon embark on public enlightenment throughout the state.

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