Saturday, January 25, 2020

76 persons test positive to Lassa fever in Edo

The Commissioner for Health in Edo State, Dr Patrick Okundia, on Friday, in Benin said 76 out of 175 suspected cases of Lassa fever tested positive to the virus.

Okundia made this known during a Lassa fever committee meeting, chaired by the State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, and representative of the World Health Organization.

“A total of 76 suspected cases of Lassa fever were confirmed yesterday (Thursday) in the state and they are currently on admission in the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital.

“We have not recorded any new death but have also reduced our case fatality rate to less than 10 per cent. The number of cases in the ward now is 34, and we have discharge over 28 patients that have been fully treated and cured,” he said.