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A doctor has died of Lassa fever at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, reports say.

The doctor is said to have passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016, after vomiting blood within the hospital premises.

The management of the hospital, today, January 20, confirmed that the medical practitioner died of Lassa fever after tests were conducted.

“We have a report back and the result came as positive. We were supposed to do two tests but the patient was dying when we took the first sample,” the chairman of the hospital’s committee on Lassa fever, Professor Adedeji Onayade told Punch.

“We can’t do the second test now. So we can say it is 50 per cent but we are going ahead to take necessary steps. We have informed all those who should know,” he added.

Lassa fever has so far been recorded in 17 states across the country and has claimed 63 lives.

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