First case of Lassa fever recorded in Lagos


The first case of Lassa fever has been recorded in Lagos state. Minister of Healt!h, Isaac Adewole, who made this known, said the patient is a 25 year old student of the Ahmadu Bello University who traveled from Zaria. He said the patient has now been isolated at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit of the hospital. Ribavirin is also available.

He asked that residents of the state must not panic as government is working to stop the spread of the disease.
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr. Olufemi Fasanmade said:

“Containment area being devised, ribavirin available. We will use theatre in A&E as isolation ward. No need to panic. But limit movement to A&E if not necessary. Our trained staff on ground.”

Lassa fever is transmitted by infected rodents.

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