Ondo keeps 396 under quarantine over Lassa Fever

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has announced that the 396 people placed under Lassa Fever surveillance are still under monitoring, till the expiration of the specified period.

Sierra Leonean nurse Veronica Koroma (L) and doctor Donald Samuel Grant (R) stand by a patient in the Lassa fever ward at Kenema Government Hospital in southeastern Sierra Leone February 7, 2011. The regular stream of Lassa fever patients, kept in an isolation ward, provide researchers with access to the virus. Staff hope their new diagnostic product will eventually be cheap, simple and robust enough to take into the field – comparable to current tests for malaria or HIV – replacing complicated laboratory procedures. Picture taken February 7, 2011. To match Reuters-Feature BIOTERROR-AFRICA/ REUTERS/Simon Akam (SIERRA LEONE – Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) – RTR2ILMM

Ipaye in a telephone conversation with newsmen on Friday said the people have been monitored for 12 out of the 21 days specific period, in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard.

 

He explained further that the people would be given clean bill, if none of them were found to develop symptoms of the disease.

 

“We have monitored them for a period of 12 days now. They will still be under monitoring for the next 9 days to satisfy the requirement of number of days according to WHO standard,” he added.

It will be recalled that a chief nursing officer at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Mrs. Abolanle Adewuyi, was reported to have died of Lassa fever.

The hospital management thereafter quarantined the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital for three days.

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