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Lassa fever kills one in Akwa Ibom

26 January 2016, 13:14

Uyo - The current outbreak of Lassa Fever has spread to Akwa Ibom state, killing a 53-year-old woman, Vanguard reports.

Dominic Ukpong, commissioner for health, confirmed this in Uyo, capital of the state, at the inauguration of a taskforce on the eradication of the virus.

He disclosed that there were two suspected cases of the virus and that one of the suspected victims had absconded, while the second was a person under treatment for HIV.

Also read:Lagos records first case of Lassa fever

Ukpong urged the people of Akwa Ibom to improve on their sanitary conditions to eliminate the disease from the state. He added that since the state had been identified among the 20 states with the pandemics, people must observe things that were required to end the disease.

With Monday’s confirmation, Akwa Ibom has become the 18th state in the country to be affected by Lassa fever.

Read more at Vanguard

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