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Lassa fever kills 3 in Taraba

By Mohammed Mustapha

The Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, has confirmed the death of three persons over the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in Taraba State.

The medical director of the hospital, Wiza Inusa, announced this to journalists on Tuesday while giving update on the outbreak, saying two other persons were currently receiving treatment.

“So far, we have a total number of five cases, of which we have had three mortalities,” the medical director disclosed.

He further urged the public not to panic, “because effort is being made to contain the situation”.

Mr. Inusa advised people to engage themselves in “basic hygienic procedures to contain the situation”.

“As we all know that this disease is carried by rodents, adopt simple hygienic procedures on keeping foods, plates and pots in the house. Clean the environment so that it does not invite rats,” he explained.

The medical director further urged the public to quickly report to the hospital whenever they experienced any strange condition in their health.

“We will appeal to the general public that anybody who had fallen sick, especially if they have developed fever or bleeding problem or abdominal pain for which simple remedy has not given them any substantial improvement, they should not delay reporting to the hospital.

“If treatment started early, then the mortality rate is very low. However, if treatment is delayed then the mortality rate escalates.

“Avoid crowded areas, avoid too much handshakes, and if anyone dies in your family of unexplained condition, the medical personnel should be informed,” he said

He assured the Taraba residents that the Federal Medical Centre and the state government ​we​re well prepared to deal with the outbreak.

“We hope that this outbreak will soon be contained,” the medical director added.

Mr. Inusa said the current outbreak started on December 25, 2015.

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