It would seem the lassa outbreak is moving faster across inter state boundaries… the latest updates has shown that the disease have come down south, from the North where it was first reported. The outbreaks was reported in Kano and Taraba states, both in Northern Nigeria. Other states affected are Bauchi, Oyo, Niger, and Nasarawa, 7 in total!!!
The River state’s commissioner of Health, Dr. Theophilus Odagme, confirmed it’s presence in the state thus;
“The incident happened between December 30, 2015 and January 1, 2016 involving a mother and later her two weeks-old child. Yesterday at about 10 pm, I received a call that a mother and her child had died in a hospital following a similar and serious fever which killed them suspected to be Lassa Fever. After series of tests conducted on them it was confirmed that they died of the disease”, he said.
He urged residents to maintain high sense of hygiene, identifying some of the symptoms as high fever, vomiting, bleeding from the nose, mouth and anus. Dr. Odagme advised members of the public to ensure that their food and foodstuff are properly covered to avoid contact with rodents.
So there is a greater need to adhere to the Commissioner’s advice.