27 January 2016

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Kills Four More in Taraba

Jalingo — Officials in Taraba confirm four more people have died from Lassa fever, bringing the total to seven at the federal medical centre in the capital Jalingo.

A total 19 people suspected to have Lassa fever were hospitalised at the centre.

Six have been treated and discharged, and three others are still on admission.

Head of clinical services at the centre, Dr. Iliya Attah confirmed the latest deaths.

He said the hospital has organized lectures for workers with a view to help reduce the risk of contracting the Lassa fever virus.

Meanwhile the centre medical director, Dr, Wiza Inusa, has advised Taraba state Government to embark on enlightenment on the risk involved in consumption of rat meat.

He said the call became necessary because despite the risk posed by rats many people in the state are still eating rat meat.

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