Lassa Fever: 3 Dead, 200 Under Observation In Rivers – Commissioner

lassa-feverThree persons have been confirmed dead with over 200 others currently under observation following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Rivers State, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Theophilus Odagme has said.

Odagme made the disclosure in an interview on Saturday with News Agency of Nigeria.

He said that up to 50 people who had contacts with the first reported two cases could be out of observation because they had not shown symptoms of the disease.

The commissioner said that the medical doctor, who died after contracting the disease, had been buried after consultations with the family.

He said the doctor died at a hospital outside Port Harcourt and that contacts he had hours before his death were among those under observation.

According to the commissioner, government has set up a special centre to manage new cases of the disease, noting that no new case has been reported.

Odagme also said that the State Government was working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health to tackle the disease.

“We have been working with WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health. They are with us in ensuring that their supports come on board”.

The commissioner, therefore, advised people with symptoms of the disease to report to the nearest health centre for test and treatment. (NAN)