Thursday, 10 August 2017

One tests positive for Lassa Fever in Ogun

Lassa Fever

A 22 year old male patient whose identity is yet to be disclosed has been placed under close observation as he was tested positive of the Virus that causes lassa fever disease.

He was said to have just returned from Lagos with the Feverish symptoms.

Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, the State Commissioner for Health said in a phone call that the patient is being monitored.

“He is resident here (Abeokuta), but, he travelled  to Lagos and returned with fever.

“He is currently at the state  General hospital Ijaye where he is under medical observation .

“We have carried out the first test. The first sample was positive. It shows some reactions, we need to do another confirmatory test has to be done.

“We are doing everything to see whether it is a confirmed case . The patient’s  temperature was high, but, today, it has reduced considerably.

“By tomorrow, we should be able to confirm whether it is Lassa fever or not. Meanwhile, the patient has been isolated,” Ipaye said.

The commissioner however said the government has begun preventive measures against the infection .
Two persons, including a 36-year-old pregnant woman, have reportedly died of Lassa Fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos while about 100 different health workers are currently under close observation in the same hospital.

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