Metro Lagos Records First Lassa Fever Death



The Lagos State government authorities have confirmed the death of one of the three cases of Lassa Fever in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris the dead victim was expected to be buried later on Friday, and that the State has recorded 14 suspected cases of Lassa Fever as at January 21.

“Three of the suspected cases were confirmed positive of Lasssa Fever. One case was confirmed on January 15 and two cases were confirmed on January 18. Eight suspected cases tested negative, while we are awaiting results for the remaining three suspected cases.”

He also disclosed that the Ministry has shortlisted 447 contacts of the confirmed cases and 438 (98 per cent) of the contacts who are currently being monitored.

The late victim is a 51-year-old man who lived in Ilasan, Lekki and returned from Edo where he attended a wedding ceremony on December 28, last year.

He was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, 2016 and referred to Mainland Hospital Yaba early January 18, 2016 and later died at 2pm same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive of Lassa Fever was received.



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