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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lassa Fever: Abia Govt Asks People Not To Panic As One Dies

Abia State Government has advised citizens and residents not to panic over the outbreaks of Lassa Fever in the state, saying the condition does respond to treatment when detected and reported at the hospital early.

One person, 28 years old man, has so far died of the Lassa Fever since it hits the state again last week.
 
The state government through its Health ministry, said that health officials were already conducting surveillance on areas and persons the victim had had physical contact with.

"Facilities are available to contain this disease; for this one that has happened, we’ve lost only one person who is the index patient at FMC and all the contacts with this index patient have been identified," it said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information in the state, John Okiyi, had on Monday  confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where the index patient died.

Okiyi, who made this known in a release in Umuahia,  said that the government and the hospital management had stepped up efforts to check the spread of the disease.

“Abia Government is aware of the reported outbreak of Lassa Fever at FMC, Umuahia.

“The state Ministry of Health is working with the authorities of FMC to ensure full containment of the disease,’’ he said.

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