Ogun State Confirms First Lassa Fever Case

Just when you thought Lassa fever was giving way for the Zika virus to grab all the headlines, a new case has been confirmed.

The Ogun State commissioner of health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has confirmed that the state has recorded its first case of the deadly Lassa fever.

The victim has been confirmed to be a 28 year old woman who has now been transferred to an isolation center for treatment.

“The confirmatory test was done and the result came in last night. We started emergency procedures immediately and she has been moved to the isolation centre in Sagamu.” Dr. Ipaye said

The commisioner also disclosed at a press conference yesterday “She has been given the drug, ribavirin and still under observation. She has had fever and other symptoms but have not started bleeding.

“She has passed through two private hospitals, which have now been shut for decontamination.”

“The victim had accessed treatment at Ruby Medical Centre, Ota. She was said to have been moved another hospital, Central Specialist Hospital, Ota. It was the management of the Central Specialist Hospital that called the state Ministry of Health.” Dr. Ipaye said.

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