Lassa Fever Kills One, 65 Others On Surveillance In Anambra


The Anambra State government has confirmed the death of a student, who died of Lassa Fever and 65 other people placed under surveillance.

Emmanuel Okafor, Director of Public Health in the state, disclosed this on Monday in Awka. He said that the deceased was a student in a private nursing school in Nkpor, Idemili North.

Okafor said that the deceased was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, on June 11 but was later transferred to a General Hospital in Edo State.

However, the deceased died on June 17, while receiving treatment at the hospital.

“She was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vagina and was confirmed Lassa Fever victim in Irua.

“The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing.

“As of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua.

“We are still tracking others and we have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones,” Okafor said.

The director urged residents to keep their surroundings clean and keep their foods free from rats.


  • Bola Kougbe
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