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Ogun government confirms Lassa fever outbreak

05 February 2016, 15:01

Abeokuta - The Ogun State government in southwest Nigeria has confirmed a case of Lassa fever being the first to be detected officially in the state.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, said that laboratory test has confirmed the case of a 28-year-old lady, a resident of Otta, in Ado-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

Also read: Lagos confirms one Lassa fever death in the state

The Commissioner explained that while the victim has been immediately isolated at the centre provided at the Ogun State University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, 60 other primary contacts have been listed for monitoring.

While asking residents not to exercise any unnecessary panic, the Commissioner said that proactive measures are being taken by the government to ensure the virus does not spread beyond control.

Ipaye said the victim had been transferred to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,  one of the isolation centres for the disease.

- News 24


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