Lassa fever: Three pregnant women, six others die

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Lassa fever: Three pregnant women, six others die 1

Lassa fever: Three pregnant women, six others die 2

Two expectant mothers – one each
in Rivers, Enugu and Adamawa states – are among the latest victims of the
current Lassa fever outbreak in parts of the country.

Six other persons have also lost
their lives to the killer virus in other states.

Edo State alone has placed 1200
patients under observation while 70 are under surveillance in Rivers State.

Apart from the expectant mother,
Lassa fever has claimed two other lives in Rivers State.

They included a young father of
two and one other, according to the Director Planning, Research and Statistics
in the state Ministry of Health, Chinwendu Atata.

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He told reporters in Port Harcourt
that results of samples from the deceased persons showed that they died of the
virus.

She appealed for calm and assured
that the state has procured facilities and sufficient drugs to tackle the
challenge.

The Rivers State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), she said, “had earlier commenced pro-active effort for containment of the outbreak. So far, all hands are on the deck for facility decontamination, line-listing, presumptive prophylaxis and surveillance to ensure public health safety and security.

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Pregnant woman, one other succumb
to Lassa in Enugu

Two persons, among them a
pregnant woman, have been confirmed dead in Enugu State as a result of the Lassa
fever outbreak

Six suspected cases were
reported, but three of these were confirmed.

The third victim, a 24-year-old
female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is responding to
treatment.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD)
of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku/Ozalla, near
Enugu, Dr Obinna Onodugo, said of the death of the expectant mother: “It is
confirmed that a case of Lassa fever came to UNTH today (30/1/2020) and died at
our Emergency and Accident Unit. We are currently tracing contacts.

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Four deaths in Delta

No fewer than four deaths have
been recorded in Delta State, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in parts of
the country.

A source at the Federal Medical
Centre, Asaba who spoke on condition of anonymity said   four  
deaths had occurred, of which two were probable fatal cases.

Delta Health Commissioner, Dr
Ononye Mordi could not be reached for comments.

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