Lassa Fever Doctor dies of disease in Rivers

Njamala's death makes it three people who have been killed by the disease in the state since it broke out n December 2015.

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A Rivers State medical doctor, Ehivai Njamala, has died  from the viral disease, Lassa fever.

The medical practitioner, who was said to be a resident at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH), in Port Harcourt died today, January 14.

According to a statement by the  state's Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Duro Green, late doctor was infected by a patient whom he was treating at the hospital.

Njamala's death makes it three people who have been killed by the disease in the state since it broke out n December 2015.

Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses. It is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rat excreta.

Its spread can be stopped by keeping a rat-free environment and maintaining proper hygiene.

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