Lassa fever: Imo health workers advised to increase surveillance

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Lassa-fever

The Imo Government has advised healthcare workers in the state to increase their surveillance on symptoms of Lassa fever.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Angela Uwakwem, told newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday that this followed the death of three persons from the disease.

Uwakwen said that seven other victims of Lassa fever had also been confirmed in the state.

According to her, a hospital in Orlu Local Government Area of the state which had treated two patients had been shut to contain the spread of the disease.

“Efforts are being made to track all those who visited the hospital to ensure they don’t spread the disease unknowingly; our surveillance should be increased.

“It is important to let people know that symptoms of the disease may vary.

“I urge persons who have been in contact with sick persons or who suspect they may have it to report to the…



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