Lassa Fever Health minister confirms 1 dead in Abuja

Adewole also ordered that all contacts of the dead person should be tracked and tested.

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Lassa Fever Patient escapes from hospital in Ebonyi state (not pictured)

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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has confirmed the death of one person as a result of Lassa Fever disease, in Abuja.

This is coming after eateries in the Federal Capital Territory assured residents that they have put in place better sanitary measures to check the spread of the disease.

Recently, one person also died in Edo state, while five are still being observed.

The health minister has asked health workers all over the country to be vigilant and look out for people exhibiting symptoms of Lassa Fever.

Adewole also ordered that all contacts of the dead person should be tracked and tested.

He re-assured residents of Abuja that they are safe, while calling on them to subject themselves to tests if they feel sick.

The minister also advised against self-medication.

The Nasarawa State Government on Wednesday. January 13, 2016, organised a one day training for 70 health personnel in the state on the treatment of Lassa fever to check its spread.

Lassa fever or Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and first described in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State.

It is reported that the disease is transmitted by rats.

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