Lassa fever kills 1 in Plateau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

One per­son has been con­firmed dead while five oth­ers are said to be ly­ing crit­i­cally ill in hospi­tal, fol­low­ing the out­break of Lassa fever in Plateau State.

Deputy Di­rec­tor, Epi­demi­ol­ogy in the state Min­istry of Health, Dr. Ray­mond Juryit, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent to jour­nal­ists said there are sus­pected cases of Lassa fever in the state and that four in­fected per­sons are presently be­ing treated at the Bing­ham Teach­ing Hospi­tal, Jos, while an­other per­son is at a hospi­tal in Jin­gri, Bassa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

Juryit said one per­son lost his life to the dis­ease at the Bing­ham Teach­ing Hospi­tal, adding that the state govern­ment was tak­ing nec­es­sary steps to con­tain the out­break.

“We have al­ready com­mu­ni­cated with the min­istry of health to as­sist us with drugs for the treat­ment. We call on res­i­dents to main­tain clean en­vi­ron­ments and safe­guard food items from rats which are known to be car­ri­ers of the dis­ease,” he said.

The state epi­demi­ol­o­gist also con­firmed fresh out­break of cholera in Rikkos and Nasarawa ar­eas of Jos-north Lo­cal Govern­ment Area.

“On Mon­day, we re­ceived an­other re­port of an out­break of cholera in Panyam, Mangu Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state and our med­i­cal team was de­ployed to the com­mu­nity. But we dis­cov­ered that what they had there was not a case of cholera but food con­tam­i­na­tion. A send­forth party for a bride was held at the com­mu­nity last weekend and a cow was slaugh­tered. Shortly af­ter eat­ing the meat, some guest started com­plain­ing of vom­it­ing, stool­ing and ab­dom­i­nal pains. We con­ducted tests on them and dis­cov­ered that it was not cholera,” he said.

He added that 22 people were hos­pi­tal­ized as a re­sult of food con­tam­i­na­tion.

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