22 January 2016

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Patient Responding to Treatment-Luth Sposkesman

The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba, Lagos has said that the patient that contacted Lassa fever disease was responding to treatment at its isolation ward.

Mr Kelechi Otuneme, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of LUTH told the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.

Otuneme said that the hospital's medical personnel and health workers had been working together to ensure that the patient was well and healthy.

The management had to lodge the health workers within the LUTH premises for safety and fast treatment for the patient," he said.

NAN reports that the first case of Lassa fever was diagnosed at LUTH on Jan. 15 on a 25-year-old student of the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) in Zaria, Kaduna State, (names withheld).

He had contacted the virus before he came to visit his parents at Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos State.

He was admitted in a private hospital at Ifako-Ijaiye on Jan. 9 and was transferred to LUTH on Jan.15 on an account of developing symptoms of fever, sore throat and body ache.

Medical personnel in LUTH ran a blood test on him which confirmed that he had contacted the Lassa fever virus.



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