20 January 2016

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Another Victim Dies in Abuja

Two persons, out of the five suspected cases, have now died of Lassa fever in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), while 87 others are being monitored, the director of Public Health in the FCT Administration (FCTA), Dr. Hadiza Balarabe has disclosed. She said the recent victim, a man who had a history of tuberculosis, died at the State House Clinic, Abuja at the weekend.

She said details about the death were still sketchy, but at least nine health workers who were in contact with him are being monitored. "We are still trying to get through to the family so that they can make available, details of family members and others that were said to have taken part in the burial," she said. She said the two deaths already recorded were not related, explaining that diagnosis from three of the five suspected cases were negative. "The disease surveillance notification officer of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) went to the State House to see if he could get more information on the contacts that were with the deceased so that we can update the list we have," she said, adding that it is a continuous process. She reiterated the commitment of the department to ensuring that residents are well enlightened about the disease. She said the FCTA was making efforts to take its awareness campaign to major markets in the city while health authorities in area councils would augment such efforts by enlightening rural residents and local markets.

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