The Lassa fever outbreak, which has been reported in over 10 states of the country on Wednesday claimed the life of a 33-year-old man in Abuja.
Announcing the death of the victim on Wednesday at the National Hospital, Abuja, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, called on health workers at all levels to be more vigilant and look out for patients with symptoms of Lassa fever.
Prof. Adewole also directed that all primary and secondary contacts of the victim should be tracked including the staff of the private hospital in Kubwa where the deceased was first managed for one week before he lost consciousness and was subsequently referred to the National Hospital.
He also advised the family members of the deceased to report at the nearest hospital if anyone has fever for more than two days.
While calling on residents of the nation’s capital city not to panic, the Minister advised them to maintain a high level of vigilance and present themselves for test if they feel unhealthy or they feel symptoms of Lassa fever, which he said includes high fever, stooling, tiredness, vomiting among others.
He warned that self-medication should be avoided at this period.