Yobe quar­an­tines 7 peo­ple over Lassa fever

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

Seven peo­ple have been quar­an­tined in Da­maturu Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal, Yobe State, over sus­pected cases of Lassa fever.

The state Com­mis­sioner of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, Dr Bello Kawuwa, who re­vealed this to news­men yes­ter­day in Da­maturu, said the vic­tims had been sub­jected to clin­i­cal anal­y­sis.

“Three of the seven sus­pected cases have been dis­charged af­ter an ini­tial clin­i­cal anal­y­sis while the re­main­ing four are still un­der­go­ing clin­i­cal ap­praisal,” he said, ex­plain­ing that the stan­dard pro­to­cols had not yet con­firmed po­si­tion of the out­stand­ing four cases as they had been sub­jected to a sec­ond lab­o­ra­tory test.

“In the month of July, about seven cases of sus­pected Lassa fever were re­ported in Yobe and they were sub­jected to nor­mal clin­i­cal ap­praisal and out of th­ese seven, three were look­ing less of Lassa fever. We sub­jected such to lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis to con­firm the true po­si­tion and will only be con­firmed when the re­sult of the sec­ond lab­o­ra­tory test is re­leased,” he said, adding, “We have iso­lated such cases to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary con­tact and our epi­demic re­sponse team has also gone to the af­fected com­mu­nity to car­ry­out con­tact trac­ing as well as en­lighten the peo­ple on what should be done.”

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