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Saturday , 19 August 2017

Lassa Fever outbreak in Lagos, kills two

multiple reports confirmed that two people died from Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH and a resident doctor was infected with the disease.

Chief Medical Director at LUTH, Prof Chris Bode also confirmed that at least 100 hospital workers exposed to the index case are currently being monitored.

Today, the governing body of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) held a press conference where they said there is no cause for panic over the recent Lassa fever outbreak in the state.

Professor Bode assured the residents of the state to remain calm as all contacts are being monitored and have not shown signs of infection.  He added that all those who are being monitored have been given a thermometer to check their temperature twice daily and report any temperature spike.

According to the Chief Medical Director, the three patients who tested positive are responding to treatment but never came down with symptoms.  He further urged Lagosians to keep their surroundings clean and their houses rat free as much as possible, as well as to cover cooked and uncooked food properly.

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