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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