Lagos – The Lassa fever has claimed its first victim in the nation’s capital, Abuja, since the outbreak in November 2015.
Premium Times reported that Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, announced the death on Wednesday at the National Hospital.
The victim was a 33-year-old married man from Jos, Plateau State who had travelled to visit a family member in Kubwa, Abuja. The patient fell ill and was taken to a private Kubwa hospital for eight days before being transported to the National Hospital while unconscious. He died 24 hours after arriving at the National Hospital.
The minister advised family members and those who were in contact with the patient to report to the nearest hospital if they have a fever for more than two days.
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Adewole also encouraged Abuja residents not to panic but to remain vigilant and to visit the nearest hospital if they experienced any Lassa fever symptom.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), Lassa is a “viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus... It is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rodent excreta”.
The total amount of Lassa deaths in the country thus far has now been increased to 43. The first case of the outbreak was reported in Bauchi State in November 2015, and has since spread to other states including Edo, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo States.
Adewole has advised the general public to improve their hygiene and to avoid contact with rats and food which are contaminated with the excretion and secretion of rats.
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