Lassa fever breakout in Abuja one dead

The Federal Capital Territory Administration [FCTA], has confirmed the death of one person in two cases of Lassa fever recorded in the territory.

The Director of Public Health in Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCT, Dr Humphery Okoroukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] that the other victim has been treated and discharged from the hospital.

He said two cases were recorded at Bwari Area Council of the FCT.

Okoroukwu said, though, before the laboratory confirmation, they were placed on treatment but one of the victims could not make it.

“Once we have any suspected case, we commence treatment immediately before the laboratory result comes out,” he also said.

The director urged residents of FCT not to panic over the development but rather take their personal and environmental hygiene seriously.

Okoroukwu further urged residents to imbibe regular washing of hands, keep their environment clean and dispose their domestic waste to avoid invasion of rodents.


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