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Lassa Fever Kills 5 In Plateau, 17 Cases Confirmed
Five people have reportedly died of Lassa fever with 17 confirmed cases of the disease in Plateau State
This was as disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunden Deyin yesterday.
He further revealed that yesterday in Jos, 33 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation, where 17 were confirmed to be cases of Lassa Fever.
According to him, 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 73 persons, who had primary and secondary contacts with the patients, were being monitored.
His words: “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 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 headache, body pain and general feeling of being unwell, to promptly report for checks, noting that prompt checks were key to reducing the mortality rate associated with the disease.
Deyin regretted that patients usually report to the hospital when it was too late, and called on health workers to quickly make referrals to higher health facilities, when they can’t handle cases presented to them.
He advised people to keep their environments clean to ward off rodents, while grain stores should be sealed.