Lassa Fever Outbreak: 3 people Already Confirmed Dead | 292 On Watch List

Three persons have reportedly died of Lassa fever at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. This has caused panic across the state.

TheCable learnt that those, who had contact with the deceased while they were sick, have been quarantined and are receiving treatment.

A total of 292 persons are currently on watch list over the disease. Kano state Government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state which has so far claimed the lives of three (3) persons comprising of two doctors and the patient believed to be the first victim.

Aminu Tsanyawa commissioner for health, told reporters on Wednesday during a press conference, that the ministry, currently has a total of 292 persons who had contact with the said victims, on its watch list.

He said, the first case was a 28-year-old pregnant woman from Gwale local government area who fell sick two weeks after the death of her mother and was referred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital from a private hospital but also passed away on the 1st of January, 2020.

“That following the report of the outbreak, and confirmation of samples, the state government swung into action so as to expeditiously curtail the spread of the viral disease to this end, the state’s isolation center at Year Gaya has been activated,” he said.

“Other measures taken include; activation of rapid response team, propositioning of drugs and other consumables, contact tracing as well as daily coordination meeting at the state’s emergency operation center amongst other.”

Tsanyawa urged the general public to disregard any mere allegation and rumors and ensure proper hand hygiene, strengthen environmental sanitation, avoid contact with wild animals and rodents.

Other safety measures according to him are; people should avoid poorly cooked meat, avoid contact with suspected or confirmed cases or items soiled by them and urge the public to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility nearest to them.

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