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Delta Confirms Four Cases Of Lassa Fever

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

Delta State has confirmed four cases of Lassa Fever in four Local Government Areas of the state.

The local government areas are Okpe, Oshimili North, Oshimili South and Ndokwa East.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, disclosed this while addressing Journalists in the state.

He said that the state government has kicked started an advocacy and awareness campaigns, especially to health workers and sensitisation of residents to have a high index of suspicion when they see those cases.

“As part of measures to control the spread of the pandemic, residents had been called upon to keep their environment clean always, and not expose food to rats and also ensure that rats do not breed in or around homes.

“In week 12, we have four confirmed cases so far recorded with a fatality rate of 50 per cent, though the general fatality rate for Lassa fever is 1-15 per cent.

“So, we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that we curtail the transmission from patient to health workers and from patients to relatives,”Joseph Onojaeme said.

He further said that Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) have been set up across the state to monitor the situation and ensure residents are aware of what is going on.



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