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Lassa fever kills mother, 2-week-old baby in Rivers

06 January 2016, 14:02

Port-Harcourt - A mother and her two- week-old baby have been confirmed dead following a recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Rivers State, Sun reports.

The woman lost her life December 30, 2015 after successfully giving birth through caesarean while the baby later died January 1, having contracted the deadly Viral Hemorrhagic Disease from her late mother.

Also read: Lassa fever outbreak claims two lives in Taraba

The Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Theophilus Odagme while confirming the deaths, said when the symptoms of Lassa Fever were noticed in the dead woman that experts in the Department of Microbiology, University of Port Harcourt were consulted and samples from her were also sent to a Specialist Centre in Lagos where it was confirmed that it was the dreaded ailment.

Odagma disclosed that contact tracing of the people who are infected with the disease has begun, adding that the state government has geared up efforts to stop the spread and further death.

He said government had started work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prevent outbreak of the disease in the state.

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