Lassa fever: Kaduna confirms four dead, one new case

Lassa fever

The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Saturday said it has successfully treated two Lassa fever victims out of the eight confirmed cases on admission in hospitals.
The government, however, said a 40-year-old man confirmed to be carrying the disease at the ABUTH, Zaria is now receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Control  Centre.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna that four of the patients had died.
She explained that only eight out of the 74 suspected cases reported from January 22 were confirmed to have Lassa fever.
Mohammed-Baloni said: “Out of the eight confirmed cases, the first patient had died due to late presentation, while the second and third cases have been cured, affirmed negative and discharged home.
“However, the fourth and fifth cases were diagnosed after they had died.
“Similarly, the sixth case had travelled from Ebonyi State and is receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC).
“In addition, the seventh, who is also deceased, had travelled from Kebbi State but died while on admission at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, before being diagnosed.
“This brings to two the number of confirmed cases receiving treatment at the IDCC at the moment.
“In view of this, the general public is advised to further ensure that all cases of fevers are tested for malaria before treatment.”
Mohammed-Baloni added that people should report anyone with the Lassa fever disease symptoms for early treatment.
The commissioner also advised residents to continue maintaining high level of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation to avoid contracting the disease.
She added: “Kaduna State Ministry of Health is continuing its sensitization, via radio jingles on preventive measures, active case searches and contact listing to further curtail the spread of the disease. Lassa Fever can be treated and it is indeed curable.”