One Dead, 22 Under Surveillance As Lassa fever Arrive Delta
A 65-year-old lady (name withheld) from Ifiogwari village, Ayamelunu, Anambra State who came for treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, Delta State has been confirmed dead, as she was first admitted at St. Joseph’s Hospital before she was referred to Federal Medical Centre when her conditioned worsened.
This was contained in a press release yesterday by the Public
Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Churchill Oyowe in the Ministry of Health
and made available to journalists in Asaba.
Oyowe disclosed that the case was confirmed at the virology
laboratory, Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, while two other
samples sent to the same laboratory tested negative.
The statement revealed that, “The Delta State Rapid Response Team said
it has placed 22 persons who had contact with the confirmed case on
surveillance, while five samples have been sent for laboratory
The Ministry noted that State Government has already informed the
Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja on these developments and the State
Governor, Dr IfeanyiOkowa has provided the necessary logistics to
enhance contact tracing and other control mechanism.
Lassa fever is caused by a virus found in the urine and faeces of a
species of rat when they contaminate food or water or come in contact
with broken skin of humans.
Infected persons spread the disease when their body fluids such as
blood, faeces, urine, sperm and vomit come in contact with others.
Some signs and symptoms of Lassa fever infection include cold and
fever, sore throat, headache, pains in different parts of the body,
nausea, cough, diarrhoea and general sense of being unwell.
Severe stage of the infection comes with swellings on the face and
hand, bleeding in different parts of the body such as ears, mouth,
nose, anus and virginal.
Residents are advised to maintain a high level of personal and
environmental hygiene, keep their food and water away from rats and
promptly report any one with the above signs and symptoms to the
nearest health centre or hospital.