Govt. Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak

Govt. Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak

Adamawa State Government has confirmed a Lassa fever outbreak.

The government, in a statement on Saturday morning, indicated a youth corps member from the NYSC Orientation Camp in Damare, near the state capital, Yola, as the index case.

The government, in the statement from the Ministry of Health & Human Services, did not name the affected NYSC member but indicated that the member in view is a female.

According to the statement, the corps member, after being suspected of exhibiting symptoms of Lassa fever, was taken to the Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital Yola which itself took her sample to the National Reference Laboratory, Abuja, which confirmed the ailment as Lassa fever.

The statement, signed by the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health & Human Services, Zira Bubanani, warned the public to adopt personal hygiene habits as precautionary measures, even as it assured that it is working hard to stem the spread of the disease.

It advised members of the public to report the case of anyone manifesting symptoms similar to those of Lassa fever to health officers in their community.



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