Ebonyi State Schools On Shutdown Over Lassa Fever Outbreak

The State government of Ebonyi has shut down all private, government and mission schools in the state following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.

Two health workers, a nurse and a doctor, have died after contracting the disease form their patients.

Prof John Eke, the State Commissioner for Education, announced the closure of the schools in a statement released from his office this morning.

Eke says the decision was taken following a mother and her child who tested positive to the disease yesterday.

He added that to ensure the safety of the lives of school children in the state, the schools will remain closed till Friday next week and warned parents to be mindful of who they relate with and ensure that they keep their environment clean.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness of 2-21 days duration that occurs in West Africa. The Lassa virus is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces.

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