Lassa fever kills two in Imo, seven quarantined

Chukwuemeka Anoh | January 25, 2018
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An outbreak of Lassa fever has been reported in Imo State, with two persons dead and seven others quarantined.
Two people have died from a Lassa fever outbreak in Imo state – The state government said about seven people have also been quarantined
Imo State Health Commissioner, Dr. Angela Uwakwem, has said that two residents of Owerri have died of Lassa fever which has resurfaced in the state.
Uwakwem, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Owerri on Wednesday said, “Lassa fever is in Owerri. It is confirmed.”
Uwakwem said two person died of the virus after they were referred out of theFederal Medical Centre, Owerri.
The health commissioner said, “We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed.
“The Imo State Government is working hard to establish the point of first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people.”
“People should stop unnecessary shaking of hands. People should also stop eating exposed foods. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to make use of rat poison in their homes.
A doctor recently died after contracting the disease while treating a seven-month old baby in Kogi State.


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