Lassa Fever: Borno Govt. Confirms One Dead, Investigates 3 Suspected Cases

The Borno Government has confirmed one death from Lassa fever infection at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

The confirmation was made by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salisu Kwayabura, at a press conference on Thursday in Maiduguri.

He said that the 23-year-old patient died on January 18, while on admission at the hospital and that three unconfirmed cases were currently undergoing clinical analysis.

The commissioner said that the deceased was certified to have died of Lassa Fever after samples collected established infection.

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According to him, the deceased resided at the Bolori area of Maiduguri before his death.

Kwayabura said the press conference was aimed at creating awareness in the society on the manifestation of the disease in the state even as he called for calm.

“However, I call for calm, people should exhibit best sanitation practices and high level of responsibility with regard to the maintenance of good hygiene.

“A hospital is designated at Jajeri, Bolori Ward II of the metropolis, as an isolation center for suspected cases while a mobile phone number made available for prompt report of suspected cases,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria said that Kwayabura while urging the people to be vigilant and report suspected cases of the disease to the ministry, Kwayabura reiterated government’s commitment to contain the scourge.