Lassa fever kills one in Edo

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One person has been confirmed dead in Edo State after being diagnosed with Lassa fever infection.

Doctors at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo State are battling to save another victim currently on admission over Lassa fever.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Heregie Aihanuwa, who confirmed the death, said five persons were hospitalized because of Lassa fever.

The commissioner said six persons were hospitalized and three infected persons had been treated and discharged.

Dr. Aihanuwa said the dead victim did not report early for treatment.

She said the state government had begun sensitization programme on Lassa fever to rural communities.

She stated that health workers in the state have been cautioned to look out for symptoms of Lassa fever and refer suspected cases.


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