Lassa Fever 3 LUTH workers test positive

The CMD of LUTH said the workers contracted the infection from the corpse of a 32-year-old pregnant woman.

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Nigeria’s Minister of Health Isaac Adewole play

Nigeria’s Minister of Health Isaac Adewole

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Three health workers of the  Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) have tested positive for Lassa fever infection.

The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, confirmed this on Wednesday, August 9, at a joint briefing by the hospital's management and officials from the state Ministry.

Bode said the workers contracted the infection from the corpse of a 32-year-old pregnant woman.

He also revealed that the second patient who died of the disease at the hospital was a sickle cell carrier who was admitted on August 5.

The CMD added that all the other 97 contacts are still under surveillance.

Bode said, "Three of the persons who had symptoms have been admitted to the Isolation Ward and are receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward. They are being cared for by a group of professionals, volunteer doctors, epidemiologists, microbiologists, emotional care givers and cleaners all round the clock.

"And I want to assure the concerned public that they are responding well to treatment. This current outbreak is effectively being traced on the field. Those that are being monitored have been given a thermometer to check their temperature. Let us douse the panic."

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