Lassa Fever Claims Another Life In Lagos State


The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has confirmed the death of a 27-year-old lady who died of Lassa fever at the Ijede General Hospital in Lagos.

The patient had received treatment from a private hospital and three churches before she was referred to the general hospital where she eventually died on Tuesday.

 The commissioner noted that the deceased may have contacted the disease after she travelled to Edo State in December for the Christmas holiday and came back in January.

He stated, “The lady had received care in one private hospital and three churches before she was referred to the Ijede General Hospital with fever. She died few hours after she was admitted. We confirmed that she died of Lassa fever on Tuesday.

“The remains of the patient have been kept in the morgue in a sealed body bag. She is to be buried after due consultation with her family.

“So far, Lagos State has recorded 20 suspected cases of Lassa fever since the outbreak of the disease. As of now 14 suspected cases tested negative, while four cases were confirmed positive. The results of two suspected cases are pending. The ministry has listed 537 contacts of the confirmed cases and 534 of the contacts are currently being monitored.”

Source: BreakingTimes

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