5 People Die An A Fresh Lassa Fever Outbreak In Plateau State

Dr. Kunden Deyin, the state health commissioner in Plateau says that there are 17 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever with five persons killed in the state.

According to Deyin, 33 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation where 17 were confirmed to be cases of Lassa Fever. He said 13 persons on admission are responding to treatment, while others have been discharged.

He, however, could not ascertain the number of persons discharged. The commissioner said that 73 persons, who had primary and secondary contacts with the patients, were being monitored.

“The 73 persons are currently being monitored. We shall do that for 21 days because the incubation period is from six to 21 days. After the 21 days, those not affected by the disease will be discharged from the contact tracing list and certified free of Lassa Fever.”

He advised people with symptoms such as a headache, body pain and general feeling of being unwell, to promptly report for checks, noting that prompt checks were key to reducing the mortality rates associated with the disease.

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