Lassa Fever Update: Four dead in Taraba, One in Kaduna
According to Vanguard News, Four persons have been confirmed dead in Taraba State just as Kaduna State announced the death of 36-year-old man on Monday following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country. According to the Commissioner for Health in Taraba State, Dr. Innocent Vakkai said that the ministry has recorded 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever, with only five, found to be positive.
“Four out of these five people that test positive to Lassa fever has died as most of the cases came from six local government areas of Bali, Gashaka, Gassol, Ardo-Kola, Jalingo and Ibi.”
He disclosed that the state government has activated its surveillance system for more case detection and proper treatment. “Efforts are ongoing to create awareness for residents of the state to enlighten them about the symptoms of the disease.
The commissioner regretted that challenges such as late reporting of patients to hospitals and difficult terrains of the state have remained major threats to the management of the disease in Taraba.
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Kaduna confirms one death, The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni, also announced the death of a 36-year-old male who tested positive to Lassa fever in the state. According to Baloni, the patient died on Sunday night and had already been buried.
Giving the breakdown, She said that the state recorded a total of 11 suspected cases, out of which, eight were returned, seven were negative and one positive who just died, “38 people are currently on follow up contact. An active search is ongoing by the state to curb the spread of the disease. She, therefore, appealed to the public to maintain high level of hygiene and to report any suspected cases promptly to the nearest health facility.
“The Ministry of Health had supplied infectious diseases control centre with the necessary commodities and health personnel was ready to manage any cases that may arise. The epidemiology unit is monitoring the situation closely, and all health facilities are on alert for prompt referral of suspected cases.” She dismissed the rumor that Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital had been shut in the name of quarantine, saying “we didn’t close the hospital, but tried to restrict unnecessary visitation to patients to prevent them from contacting other infectious diseases, not only Lassa fever.”
7 doctors, 5 nurses quarantined in Adamawa
Seven doctors and five nurses have been quarantined at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa state, following their contact with a patient diagnosed with Lassa fever. According to a reliable source within the hospital, reported that the pregnant woman who lost her fetus was the primary contact. She said the woman was admitted at the labour ward, where the fetus was evacuated on Friday.
“After the evacuation, it was observed that the woman had a fever and was bleeding. So the medical team thought as much that it was a case of Lassa fever, and then she was transferred to the isolation room,” she said.
“When she was sent to the isolation room, the blood samples were taken away for a test, because normally they don’t do the test here. They had to send the samples and we waited for the test results which came out yesterday and showed that she was positive. But the patient died about two days to the release of the result.”
“The only problem now is that many people are in contact with the patient. Seven doctors, five nurses and two sub staff had direct contact with her,” he said.
“But these just contact they don’t have any case or anybody that is manifesting with any symptom. Those that had direct contact with the patient are being quarantined for the incubation period of the disease.”