Three Confirmed With Lassa Fever In Akwa Ibom, One Already Dead

The Akwa Ibom State government have confirmed three
indigenes with Lassa fever in the state and sadly one of them already passed on
before her test result came out. The woman, a 53-year old crayfish seller was
the third person who was confirmed to have the deadly virus in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, disclosed
this at the inauguration of a task force on the eradication of Lassa Fever in
the state yesterday. He said;

“We had three suspected cases including one confirmed case.
Unfortunately the confirmed case, a 53-year-old woman who sells crayfish, has
died. Her test result came out after she had died. The third case is someone
that has been under treatment for HIV. This shows how serious this problem has
become in the state. Continue…

“We are worried because of the fact that during the
Christmas period, the 53-year-old woman got in contact with some of the family
members and some of them had already travelled back to other states before
taking ill on January 5, and then went to a private hospital where she was
being treated.

“The doctors suspected at the private clinic that it was a
bigger health issue and referred her to the University of Uyo Teaching
Hospital. She was isolated there and she eventually died. We are also going to
trace those that she had contact with in the hospitals and the mortuary
workers. It is a big problem we are going to solve. And I want to appeal to
health workers that we must get every detail.

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