Monday, 4 January 2016

Lassa Fever Hits Taraba State: 1 Dead, 2 Quarantined

Taraba State Government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

According to the Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai, who confirmed the outbreak on Jan. 1, “One person died, two others have been quarantined, and their blood samples have already been taken to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation by ELISA.”

Describing how the fever spreads, he said, “People usually get infected with the Lassa Virus after exposure to infected rodents, while person to person transmission occurs through direct contact with the sick person.”

He called on the residents to avoid contact with rats especially in the areas where the outbreak occurred.

“Other precautionary measures include putting food in rodent proof containers and wearing protections such as masks, gloves, gowns among others,” he added.

The commissioner further urged anyone who witnesses nasal bleeding as well as bleeding through the anus and mouth to the nearest hospital as they are among the symptoms of the fever.

The most common complication of Lassa fever is deafness and Ribavirin, an antiviral drug, has been used with success in Lassa fever patients especially when given early in the course of the illness.

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