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LUTH increases surveillance over LASSA Fever

10 August 2017

Any suspected case of Lassa fever is to be reported to the response team in LUTH on 08058019466, 08058744780, 07035521015 and 08023299445. "Lagos has had a worse case of Lassa fever and we came out of it. People should go about their normal business, as there is no need for panic", he said.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Health Dr. Bello Kawuwa, has debunked reports that cases of Lassa fever were found in Yobe state north east Nigeria.

Erinosho said the private hospitals where the victims had visited before they were referred to LUTH had been placed under a 21-day surveillance.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, the government noted that the Ministry of Health in line with worldwide standards was now carrying out "contact tracing" to determine those who might have been infected, adding that isolation centres had been prepared to manage suspected and confirmed cases while drugs and other materials had also been prepositioned at designated facilities.

In a statement released by the hospital, the two patients were said to have been admitted very late and died in spite of efforts to save them.

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"However, we should all be involved collectively and individually to stop further spread of this disease".

"Some resident doctors volunteered to treat those 100 people under surveillance but we want the management to handle the situation more carefully. Health workers are at risk if Lassa fever is not suspected or while caring for Lassa fever patients in the absence of proper barrier nursing and infection control practices", he said.

"The first was a 39-year old pregnant lady with bleeding disorder who died after a stillbirth", he said.

"A resident doctor from the Department of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, who took part in the autopsy was later confirmed with the disease and is now on admission and responding well to treatment at the Isolation Ward of LUTH".

"The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Nigeria has also been contacted".

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He added that two other suspected cases from the state were admitted and quarantined while undergoing confirmatory laboratory tests. "Two other suspected cases from Lagos state are also now admitted and quarantined while undergoing confirmatory laboratory tests", he stated.

Of the 100, 3 persons who developed symptoms tested positive and have been on isolation ward here in LUTH. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is zoonotic, or animal-borne.

Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus.

"I urge us to prevent our food items from being contaminated by rats and rat droppings and urine".

"The onset of the disease is usually gradual, starting with fever, general weakness, muscle and joint pains, prostration and malaise".

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"Health workers are also advised to ensure that they take universal safety precautions when dealing with patients", he said, stressing that appropriate personal protective clothings like hand gloves, facemasks, goggles and overall must be worn when attending to cases.

LUTH increases surveillance over LASSA Fever