One Dies Of Lassa Fever, 65 Others Placed On Watch In Anambra State

Fresh Fears spring in Anambra State following the confirmation by the government that a nursing student has died of Lassa Fever, while 65 others are placed on surveillance. While addressing newsmen in Awka on Monday, the Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Okafor, revealed that the deceased was a student in one private nursing school in Nkpor, Idemili North. Okafor further revealed that the lady was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, on June 11 before she got  transferred to the General Hospital, Irua, in Edo for diagnosis where she died on June 17. His words: “She was initially admitted at Amaku in Awka before she was transferred to Irua and was placed on admission there. She was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vagina and was confirmed Lassa Fever victim in Irua. The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing. “As of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua. We are still tracking others and we have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones."

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