Lassa fever has claimed the lives of nine persons in Edo, Delta and Plateau states.
The epidemic had killed six persons in Edo, one in Delta and two in Plateau states.
The six victims in Edo State were diagnosed with lassa fever and were brought to the Research and Control Institute at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital for treatment and possible isolation in the state.
Five of the victims were from the state while one victim was brought from Plateau state.
Source at the research centre told last night that the Chief Medical Director of the ISTH, Dr. Sylvester Okogbeni had earlier confirmed the death of the five victims who are indigenes of the state.
In a related development, lassa fever has killed a 65-year-old lady from Ifiogwari village, Ayamelunu, Anambra State who came for treatment in Asaba, Delta State. She was first admitted at St. Joseph’s Hospital before she was referred to Federal Medical Centre, Asaba when her conditioned worsened.
The case was confirmed at the virology laboratory, Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State. Two other samples sent to the same laboratory tested negative.
Meanwhile, the epidemic has claimed two more lives in Plateau, the State Government confirmed yesterday in Jos.
The state Commssioner for Health, Mr Kuden Dayin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the victims died at the Jos University Teaching Hosital (JUTH) on Saturday.t eat rats and improve rat control in your personal houses.”