Monday, 25 January 2016

Plateau state government has confirmed that its
medical team is battling with two confirmed
cases of Lassa Fever at the Jos University
Teaching Hospital (JUTH)
The government has also confirmed that the
disease has claimed two lives in the state since
8th January when government discovered the
first case of the outbreak in the state.
State Commissioner for health, Dr. Kuden
Kamshak who stated this while giving update on
the spread of the disease in Jos on Sunday said
the state government has successfully
managed the spread of the disease in the state.
Dr. Kamshak said, “So far the disease has killed
two people, not three as earlier reported.
“Out of the two deaths we reported last week,
only one of the victims tested positive to Lassa
Fever, the blood sample of the second victim
tested negative in Benin where we took both
sample for confirmation.
“The first death was recorded in a private
hospital in Mangu and the second death was the
victim that died in JUTH.
“But right now we have two confirmed cases of
Lassa Fever and the patients are being
managed at the Jos University Teaching
Hospital (JUTH)
“Then we have isolated about 70 people whom
we suspected had contact with the two people
already killed by the disease. They are close
relations of the two victims as well as some
health workers who had direct contact with
victims.
“We are keeping such people under close
surveillance so as to curtail the spread of the
disease and so far we are happy to report that
the virus has not spread. Our medical team are
working round the clock to overcome the
situation.” Kamshak stated.

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