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32 Lassa fever suspects quarantined in Delta after doctor’s death

23 August 2016, 21:38

Asaba -  Following the death of a medical doctor from Lassa fever, 32 persons have been quarantined in Asaba, Delta State capital, Sun reports.

The late doctor’s hospital in Umuaji area and another private hospital where he was treated at Bonsaac area, all in Asaba, have been shut down and fumigated.

A medical practitioner resident in Asaba, who hailed from Anambra State, reportedly died at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State where he was referred to for the treatment of Lassa fever.

The victim was first admitted at the private hospital in Bonsaac area of the state capital, from where he was referred to NAUTH. His blood sample tested positive to Lassa fever at the Institute of Lassa Fever in Irrua, Edo State.

According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, those placed under surveillance included 11 persons from the immediate family of the deceased, 18 persons at the private hospital where the patient was first admitted and three others, who made contact with the deceased.

This is happening few days after another medical doctor and two other people died of Lassa fever in Anambra State according to News24.

Dr Emmanuel Okafor, the Director of Public Health in the Anambra Ministry of Health, last week confirmed the death of a medical doctor and two others due to new cases of Lassa fever in the state

- News 24


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