Lassa fever: 40 quarantined as govt. debunks outbreak in Osun

lassa fever - Lassa fever: 40 quarantined as govt. debunks outbreak in Osun
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The Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Osun state, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke, has disclosed that 40 people are being quarantined at isolated centers in the state for close examination to determine if they have been infected with Lassa Fever.

He disclosed this when he led his colleagues to some markets to sensitize traders on the need to take caution against Lassa fever.

“As you are aware, lassa fever is already ravaging Ondo state which is very close to Osun and there have been reported cases of lassa fever in Osun. We have recorded a death in Osun as a result of lassa fever at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Osun here and it was confirmed.

“Also 40 people are currently quarantined at isolated centers and they are under close examination to determine if they have been infected. We realised that prevention is better than cure and that was why we came out to sensitize traders today.

But, the state government in a release by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lani Baderinwa, said there was no outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

“There has not been any report on the spread of the disease by our medical personnel who are observing patients in hospitals.

“There is no reason for anybody to panic on the report of a suspected Lassa fever case in the state. What was reported is an isolated death case of a young man who came from a neighbouring state. The young man who was suspected of carrying Lassa fever disease from the neighbouring state died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife.

“As a proactive measure, the medical personnel had to quarantine those who had contact with the strayed deceased for observation. This is a normal medical procedure, and does not mean the quarantined people are possibly carrying lassa fever disease. As at today, there has not been any other confirmed Lassa fever case except that of the young man from a neighbouring state that died at the OAUTHC

“All necessary steps to prevent the outbreak of this disease or any other one in Osun had been pro actively taken. Filth and dirt’s are been regularly taken care of, while medical personnel had been on red alert to ensure any unexpected disease outbreak is contained.

“As far as prevention is concerned, Osun government has been proactive while all curative efforts are already set in place.

The government assured that it would continue to do everything necessary to protect its citizen, urging the people to keep their environment clean.

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