Death of female Lassa Fever patient in Lagos confirmed

LassaRatDr Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, on Wednesday confirmed the death of a 27-year-old Lassa Fever patient in one of the General Hospitals in the state.

Idris, in a statement issued in Lagos, said, “The case was confirmed as Lassa fever on Jan. 26.’’

According to him, a 27-year-old lady travelled to Edo on Dec. 24, 2015 and returned to Lagos on Jan. 2.

”She became ill on Jan. 14, and received care in one private hospital and three churches before she was referred on Jan. 23 to Ijede General Hospital with fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and body weakness.

”The patient died within a few hours of admission. The remains of the patient have been kept in the morgue in leak-proof body bag. She is to be buried after due consultation with her family.

”Ninety people have been line-listed as contacts of the last confirmed case as at Jan. 26 and contact tracing is ongoing,’’ the commissioner said.

He said that Lagos had recorded 20 suspected cases of Lassa fever as at Jan. 26 since its outbreak in Nigeria in November, 2015.

Idris said in the statement that of the 20 suspected cases, 14 tested negative, four were confirmed positive of Lassa fever while results of two suspected cases were still pending.

He said that one case was confirmed on Jan.15, two cases on Jan.18, while another case was confirmed on Jan. 26.

The commissioner said that the ministry had line-listed 537 contacts of the confirmed cases, adding that 534 (99 per cent) of the contacts were currently being monitored.

He, however, urged residents to observe basic environmental sanitation, including proper disposal of refuse, personal hygiene, adequate nutrition while avoiding open defecation and spitting.

The commissioner urged the public to report suspected cases to the nearest public health facility or notify the ministry through the available lines.

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8 Comments on Death of female Lassa Fever patient in Lagos confirmed
  • Ifeyinwa A. January 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    May she rest in peace.

  • Samuel January 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    This is sad. I wonder what steps the Edo state government is taking to find out where and when these two persons who eventually died in Lagos were in the state. Cause really if the federal government or state government doesn’t take note and trace and resolve the cases that occur across state boundaries then really this outbreak is about to get worse! Hope the Edo state government wakes up to their responsibility, cause they’ve been useless so far.

  • j’suis belle January 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    like play like play this thing is getting out of hand oooo. when it will get worst then we’ll stay doing damage control or seeking for useless international help that will rather cost us more. And to crown it all the “oga at the top” is out of the “house”

  • Ba January 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Firstly, kudos to lagos health ministry for the good works so far.

    From Edo to lagos, from Kaduna to lagos. This matter is wholelistic.

    let’s keep our environment clean. One defaulter can cause problem and even give the whole street or community a bad name.

  • Orphelia hamletson January 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Throws ground but/ garri away…

  • Tunmi January 28, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    So let me get this straight. A private hospital (which are usually more expensive than public ones), THREE churches, and then the public hospital????? #thisistheshitthatmakesmybloodboil

  • Moyo January 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    is there a vaccine for lassa fever, how does one know who has lassa fever, are we to take the same precautions for Ebola, no body contact, temperature check, buy tons of hand sanitiser, we need doctors to put out lot of information out on how the disease is contracted

  • Tunmi January 29, 2016 at 5:52 am

    This needs to be aggressively treated. BN, can you help get the word out as you did with ebola

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