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Lassa Fever Arrives Imo State

by on February 6, 2016
 
Imo State has joined other states in the country with cases of the dreaded Lassa fever as thirty people, including medical doctors and other health practitioners are already placed under watch.
The State Chairman of the Nige­rian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Hyacinth Emele disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Owerri.
Emele said that so far, only one case of the disease has been report­ed, adding that the affected person, a female from Orlu East Council Area of the State has been taken to Edo State where she is been treat­ed.
He also disclosed that about 30 people who had contacts with the patient including medical doctors have been quarantined for closer monitoring.
The State Commissioner for Health, Barr. Ngozi Njoku who confirmed the outbreak, dis­closed that information about the outbreak got to her “from the field network that there was a suspected case of a young lady who was later taken to Irua in Edo State.
“We had to put a call across and they confirmed that she tested pos­itive to the epidemic. However, two of her close relatives did not test positive”.
She however assured that the ministry is working in strong col­laboration with the Federal Minis­try of Health to ensure that the sit­uation is kept under control

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