Lassa Fever hits Benue state: Two confirmed dead already.



Lassa fever kills two pregnant women and a man in Makurdi, Benue State.

Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecilia Ojabo disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi on Thurdsay.

She said one of the pregnant women was confirmed positive when her blood sample was sent to a specialist hospital in Irua in Edo State.

While, the other died on her way to the hospital after testing positive for Lassa fever at Federal medical center Makurdi.

The first pregnant patient started receiving  treatment for Lassa fever at the designated centre located at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi but died in the process.

She also confirmed that a second pregnant woman died on Thursday morning after showing symptoms of the disease.

Seven persons close to the victims had been placed under surveillance”, Ojabo stated.

Ojaba also disclosed that a patient from the Guma Local Government Area of the state manifested late symptoms of Lassa fever when he started bleeding from the nose, ears and mouth.

According to her, the victim was admitted to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital but before doctors could obtain his blood sample for the test at Irua, he died.


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