Lassa Fever Kills Pregnant Woman In Lagos

Two patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, one a pregnant woman, have died of Lassa Fever, Chris Bode, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital has said. He also said 100 members of staff have been placed under surveillance. Bode said the late patients died few days after admission. “Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them,” LUTH said in a statement. “The first was a 32-year old pregnant lady with bleeding disorder who died after a stillbirth. A post-mortem examination had been conducted before her Lassa Fever status was eventually suspected and confirmed. “No less than 100 different hospital workers exposed to this index case are currently being monitored.” A resident doctor at the Department of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, who took part in the autopsy, is said to have contracted the disease and is currently on admission at the isolation ward of the hospital. Bode advised staff of the hospital to be alert and observe universal precautions when handling suspected cases of Lassa Fever.

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