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Five new cases of Lassa fever have been discovered in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Kuden Kamshak on Thursday, January 21, 2016, Punch reports.

“So far, we have only five cases and they are responding to treatment. We have advised doctors not to keep patients for so long in the hospital to avoid contact and spread,” Kamshak said.

He said further that the state had become a hotspot of Lassa fever due to its proximity to the endemic states.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Isaac Adewole has said that 212 cases of the disease have been recorded in 17 states across Nigeria.

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