Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lassa Fever Kills Two In Imo, Seven Quarantined

Dr. Angela Uwakwem, the Imo State Health Commissioner, says two residents of Owerri have died of Lassa fever which has suddenly resurfaced in the state.

Uwakwem said two persons died of the virus after they were “referred out of” the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri. The health commissioner said,

“We have seven suspected cases of Lassa fever. Two are confirmed. The Imo State Government is working hard to establish the point of first contact. The media should also help us to enlighten our people. People should stop unnecessary shaking of hands. People should also stop eating exposed foods. The virus is caused by rats, so people should be encouraged to make use of rat poison in their homes,” she said, urging people of Imo to listen.