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One dies, seven quarantined with Lassa fever in Katsina

15 April 2016, 08:29

Katsina - Seven people that tested positive to Lassa fever are still under quarantine in Katsina state, an official has said.

Dr Shamsuddeen Yahaya, Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, made this known on Thursday in Katsina.

Yahaya said that other victims were in stable condition and responding to treatment.

"Only one person died of Lassa fever in the state," he confirmed.

The director said that one other person who tested positive had been treated and discharged.

According to him, other 18 persons whose blood samples were taken to Lagos for screening had tested negative.

The director said that the 18 persons had been discharged from the General Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, where they were isolated.

Also read: Lassa Fever, Cholera kill 90 in Ebonyi

"The Lassa fever situation in Katsina is under control and there is no need for panic among the public.

"The ministry of health in collaboration with Rotary International are currently undertaking sensitisation campaign in markets to educate people on the preventive measures against the disease," Yahaya said.

The director called on the public not to stigmatise those that were treated and discharged.

Yahaya revealed that the case recorded in the state was a transmission from person-to-person during contact with an infected person.

He urged members of the public to report any suspected case to the nearest medical facility to prevent further spread of the disease.

Yahaya appealed to religious and community leaders to educate their followers on the need to avoid direct contact with corpses of suspected persons after death.



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