Fresh lassa fever outbreak confirmed in Ekiti, three dead

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rotimi Ojo made the disclosure.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rotimi Ojo has confirmed a fresh case of lassa fever which has since led to the death of three persons in the state.

While making the disclosure in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Ojo said five of the eight suspected cases tested negative while one was uncertain.

The commissioner said the government was taking proactive steps in its surveillance involving the residents because some cases and deaths had been recorded in neighbouring states.

He assured the residents that the State Disease Control team had been alerted while the process of sensitising the people with jingles, adverts and other communications media were ongoing.

Ojo said similar actions taken during the 2016 outbreak were successful, adding that the epidemic was controlled and the identified patient, who was properly managed, survived.

According to him, the three isolation centres at Ido Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido-Ekiti; Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti and the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado-Ekiti were still operational.

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