The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has said 40 persons that had contact with a patient recently killed by Lassa fever have been placed under watch in Osun and Ondo States.
Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke, NMA chairman in Osun State, disclosed this on Monday in an interview with newsmen after an awareness campaign was held in Osogbo.
Olajumoke said the deceased was referred from a hospital in Ondo State but eventually died. She said the two states had traced those he had contact with and been watching them to see if they would develop signs of the deadly virus.
“About 40 persons that had contact with the dead are being followed up to see if they are going to develop the symptoms of Lassa fever. About 40 are being followed up and half of them are in Osun while the remaining others are in Ondo State,” She said.
Olajumoke advised Nigerians to live in neat environment and ensure that foodstuffs are always kept away from rats.
Earlier, Sola Fasure, media adviser to the osun state governor, in a statement confirmed that the deceased was not an indigene of the state.
He said the man came from Ore in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State but eventually died at the OAUTHC.