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    Monday, 14 August 2017

    Lassa fever: High alert as Ogun confirms one case

    Ogun State has confirmed 1 case of Lassa fever.
    This is as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has assured that confirmed cases in the institution are responding to treatment.
    The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaiye said the patient, a 20-year-old male, had been isolated at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba in Abeokuta.
    Ipaiye said the patient, who tested positive following a trip back to the state from Lagos, is responding to treatment, even as 66 persons that had direct contact with him are under surveillance.
    He said the hospital where he was admitted was fumigated and decontaminated.
    Surveillance officers and the health workers in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state are on red alert for Lassa fever in the state.
    LUTH yesterday said that the confirmed Lassa fever cases in the institution are responding to treatment.
    The Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode who disclosed this, also said those under surveillance are doing well.
    Bode said the hospital management would issue official update on the outbreak today.
    Last week, Lagos confirmed five Lassa cases with 2 deaths and 150 placed under surveillance.

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