The Lassa fever epidemic have been fully confirmed in Ondo state,  with five persons now hospitalized for being infected with the disease. The reports emerged three weeks of a student of Achievers University, Owo, infected with the disease and hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo. It was gathered that as soon as the student was confirmed as having the disease, parents and students of the institution pestered the management to take a drastic measure to ensure the safety of students. According to sources at the school, the anxiety was getting out of control, leading the management to declare a three weeks mid-semester break for the students. Officials at the Ondo State Ministry of Health confirmed the development, saying five persons have so far been diagnosed with the disease in the state. The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Taye Oni, told journalists in Akure that two cases were recorded in Owo Local Government Area and two in Akoko North-West Local Government Area. These are in addition to the case of the student of the Achievers University, who was earlier diagnosed with the disease. “Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread,” Mr. Oni said. “We also embarked on aggressive contact tracing, sensitisation of the people not just in Owo and Ose but across the state on preventing and precautionary measures.” In a statement on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor of Achievers University, Tunji Ibiyemi, said the student who was infected with the disease did not get it from within the campus, but outside. He blamed inflammatory media reports for the anxiety that trailed the incident, saying the student had since been undergoing treatment and would soon be discharged from the hospital.

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