Lassa Fever: Lagos Confirms 2 Fresh Cases

Lassa-fever-OK*438 Now Under Surveillance
THE Lagos State Government yesterday said it has recorded two more cases of the deadly Lassa Fever and was currently battling with 14 cases of suspected cases of the diseases as at Thursday, January16, this year.
The government added that three of the suspected cases had tested positive, while eight tested negative, with the results of the three others being awaited.
The Guardian gathered that the new two cases were discovered on January 15 and 18, respectively.
The suspected cases were discovered at Ahmadiyya Hospital, Orile Alimosho, Mushin, Amuwo, Eti-Osa and Mainland General Hospitals.
Giving the update on the disease, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said aside the case of the 25-year-old undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, there was another 51-year-old man that lived in Ilasan Lekki, who came back from Edo State, where he attended a wedding ceremony on December 28, last year.
“He was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, this year and referred to Mainland Hospital, Yaba early January 18.
“The patient died at 2pm same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive of Lassa fever was received,” the commissioner disclosed.
He added that the remains of the patient had been kept in the morgue in a leak proof bag and were to be buried yesterday after due consultation with the family.
Idris noted that the second fresh case, which is the third to be recorded in the state, involved a 36-year-old lady from Kogi State.
He added: “The case first presented at Naval Reference Hospital in Ojo on January 18 and referred to Mainland Hospital later same day.
“The patient is being managed at Mainland Hospital and has received antiviral medication for five days. Her condition is stable and she is recuperating.”
He stated that a total of 447 cases had been listed, out which 438 were being monitored.
At Ifako-Ijaiye, the commissioner said out of 100 contacts line of the first case listed, 91 of them were being monitored.
In Mushin Hospital, all the 18 contact listed were also being monitored, as well as 42 contacts listed in Alimosho General Hospital, but only one person was listed and being monitored in Kosofe General Hospital.
In the second case, Idris said 66 listed contacts line were under surveillance, while a total of 220 contacts line were being monitored in Mainland General Hospital.

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