Lassa fever kills three in Imo


The Imo State Government and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday confirmed that three persons have died from Lassa fever in the state.

Consequently, the state have put measures in place to ensure that those who were in contact with the diagnosed patients were identified in a bid to stop the disease from further spreading.

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Governor Rochas Okorocha confirmed the deaths while briefing journalists on the development in Owerri, saying the state government has embarked on pro-active measures to check the scourge.

Commissioner for Health, Angela Uwakwe and Vice Chairman of the state branch of NMA, Victor Eche, in separate statements explained efforts made to save the victims before they died.

Okorocha said: “We are concerned about the speed of spread. These cases were recorded in some hospitals somewhere in Orlu and some other parts of the state.

“For this reason, we kindly advise that people should avoid over crowded areas, lessen the shaking of hands and body contacts at this period.”

Speaking, Eche disclosed that the NMA identified and confirmed the disease by affected persons after tests were done, urging members of the public to be vigilant and adopt precautionary measures to check its spread.

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