Lassa fever kills man, 51, in Lagos, 438 under surveillance


Kazeem Ugbodaga
•Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos State Health Commissioner
The deadly Lassa Fever has claimed the life of a 51-year old man in Lagos, while 438 others have been placed under surveillance, says the Lagos State Government.
The government said asides the first case of Lassa Fever in the state, two other people have been tested positive to the disease out of which one has died at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris at a press conference this evening in Alausa, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria to give update of Lassa Fever, added a total of 447 contacts with the victims of Lassa Fever had been established, out of which 438 of them had been placed under surveillance.
He said out of the 14 suspected cases in Lagos, three had been tested positive to Lassa Fever while eight had tested negative as the result of three others were still being awaited.
According to Idris, the suspected cases were discovered in Orile General Hospital, Ahmadiyya Hospital, Alimosho, Mushin, Amuwo, Eti-Osa, Mainland General Hospital.
He disclosed that aside the case the 25-year-old undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, there was another 51-year-old man who lived in Ilasan, Lekki who just came back from Edo State.
“A 51 year old man who lived in Ilasan, Lekki came back from Edo where he attended a wedding ceremony on December 28, 2015. He was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, 2016 and referred to Mainland Hospital Yaba early January 18, 2016. The patient died at 2pm same day before the result of the laboratory test that confirmed him positive of Lassa fever was received.
He added that the remains of the patient had been kept in the morgue in a leak proof bag. “He is to be buried today (Friday) after due consultation with the family,” he …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper