Lassa fever kills one, infects 11 in Katsina

A 30-year-old man has been reported dead in Katsina after contracting Lassa fever and kept in an isolated camp at Babbanruga Hospital in Katsina metropolis.

The Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Mariyatu Bala Usman, who announced the outbreak of fresh cases of Lassa fever yesterday, said 11 staff of the medical centre who had contact with the patient had been quarantined.

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Mrs. Usman said about 100 people suspected to be having the virus were under surveillance.

She said the man had contacted the disease and was quarantined at the Babar Ruga Health Centre.

According to her, the man contracted the disease after bringing the corpse of his elder brother from Kaduna to Kankara town in Katsina for burial.

She said some people who dressed the corpse were suspected to have contacted the disease and had been quarantined and the samples of their blood taken and sent to Lagos to determine if they had been infected.

Mrs. Usman added that a Lassa fever patient from Gwagwalada in Abuja was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, where he later died.

The commissioner said the disease surveillance committees were set up in all the 34 local government areas to educate and enlighten people on how to prevent themselves from contacting the disease.

She said government had already provides enough drugs and funds for the treatment of the people that contacted with the disease.

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