Lassa Fever: 92 People Are Currently Under Watch In Lagos

The Lagos State Government says 92 people who had contact
with the Lassa fever patients are currently being followed up. At a press
conference on Saturday, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris called on
residents to remain calm over the outbreak of Lassa fever, and assured that the
state government is doing everything possible to curtail the spread of the
virus in the state.
Idris said in line with international standards, 92 persons
who had direct and indirect contact with the index case are currently being
He confirmed that the index case, a 25-year-old male
undergraduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, was reported to
have fallen ill after arriving in Lagos and was taken to Ahmmadiyyah Hospital,
Ojokoro on 9 January with complaint of fever, sore throats and difficulty in

He said the patient was subsequently placed on admission for
six days and was thereafter referred by the said private hospital to the Lagos
University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on January 14, 2016 owing to the fact that
the fever was persistent and his condition was not improving.
According to Idris, the patient was confirmed as a case of
Lassa fever on January 15, at LUTH, and is currently being managed to the
extent that his condition is now stable.
Idris added that 15 in-patients who were admitted alongside
the index case as well as 25 health workers who attended to them have been
placed on compulsory 21 days monitoring, and that the phone numbers and
addresses of the persons in that category have also been collected for proper

Any of the persons in that category with temperature above
38.5, according to Idris, would be isolated so as to prevent the spread of the
disease, while they have also been advised on the need to maintain little or no
contact with others, at least for now.

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