Lassa Fever: Doctor Quarantined In Jigawa, Another Case Confirmed In Ogun

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A medical doctor has been quarantined after showing signs of Lassa fever at Jahun local government area of Jigawa state, according to the state government.

Salisu Mu’azu, acting permanent secretary, Jigawa state ministry of health, revealed this to journalists on Sunday.

The victim, Anthony Etim, is a staff member of Medicins Sans Frontieres also known as Doctors without Borders, he said.

He revealed further that the doctor developed symptoms of the virus after an official engagement at an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno state.

The acting permanent secretary said Etim is undergoing treatment at the isolated infectious disease control unit in Jahun hospital.

Read Also: Lassa Fever: 24 Killed, 163 Cases Confirmed So Far In January

A single case has also been confirmed in Ogun by Tomi coker, the state commissioner of health.

According to her, the case was confirmed by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Virology Laboratory on January 24.

She said the patient is a pregnant 29-year-old who took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Abeokuta.

Coker, however, said contrary to some reports, “the patient is not dead as she was transferred to the Federal Specialist Hospital in Irua, Edo, whose facilities provided the patient with the full benefit of multidisciplinary care required for her due to her pregnancy”.

She added that the rapid response team has commenced line listing of all persons who had come into contact with the patient for surveillance purposes, including her relatives and hospital staff that managed the case.

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