Lassa fever Kills 16 People in Ondo

 Lassa fever Kills 16 People in Ondo

An ecologist extracts a sample of blood from a Mastomys Natalensis rodent in the village of Jormu in southeastern Sierra Leone February 8, 2011. Lassa fever, named after the Nigerian town where it was first identified in 1969, is among a U.S. list of “category A” diseases — deemed to have the potential for major public health impact — alongside anthrax and botulism. The disease is carried by the Mastomys Natalensis rodent, found across sub-Saharan Africa and often eaten as a source of protein. It infects an estimated 300,000-500,000 people each year, and kills about 5,000. Picture taken February 8, 2011. To match Reuters-Feature BIOTERROR-AFRICA/ REUTERS/Simon Akam (SIERRA LEONE – Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY ANIMALS) – GM1E72F07HC01

Sixteen people have been confirmed killed as a result of Lassa fever outbreak
in Ondo State.
The State Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Steven Fagbemi, disclosed this on Tuesday
at the governor’s office in the Government House in Akure, the state capital.
Dr. Fagbemi made the disclosure while briefing Governor Oluwarotimi
Akeredolu, as well as the local government chairmen from Ondo North and
Central senatorial districts of the state.
He also revealed that 84 cases have been reported so far in the state since
January 1, 2020.
According to the epidemiologist, 16 of the patients have passed on as their
cases had reached the advanced stage before they were taken to the hospital.
He added that 47 patients on admission were responding to treatment, while
21 others had already been treated and discharged.
The outbreak is said to have affected Owo, Akoko South-West, Akure South,
and Ondo West Local Government Areas of the state.
Also confirming the outbreak, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab
Adegbenro noted that the disease has been occurring in the state for some
years, especially during the dry season.
He, therefore, advised Nigerians to visit hospitals when they noticed symptoms
of fever.
Earlier, Governor Akeredolu advised the local government chairmen in the
state to deploy cleaners to markets and public places to prevent the outbreak
of diseases.

He also called on residents to maintain a high level of hygiene to curtail further
spread of the Lassa virus in the state.

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