Plateau records fresh four cases of Lassa fever
The Plateau State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, has said four more cases of Lassa fever have been reported in the state,
and however, he said the cases were being investigated while the samples had been taken to the diagnostic centre at Irrua in Delta State for analysis, adding that Statistics of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Abuja had showed that five cases of Lassa fever had been confirmed in four states in the country. According to the NCDC, two cases have been confirmed in Plateau State, one in Rivers, and one each in Bauchi and Gombe states while 59 contacts have been traced to the index cases, Kamshak told journalists in Jos on Tuesday that all in all 10 cases were reported in the state while only two tested positive to the disease, and he also confirmed the report of The Punch that one of the victims was a student of the University of Jos while the other was a Fulani woman nomad from the Riyom Local Government Area of the state. He said while the student had been treated and discharged, those quarantined as a result of association with the victim had been released having stayed the mandatory 21 days for the manifestation of the disease. According to the commissioner, so far only four of the relatives of the Fulani nomad have been isolated and are currently under observation, while allaying the fears of the residents, the commissioner said the state government had risen to the challenge by deploying health workers across the state to sensitive residents on symptoms and preventive measures of the Lassa fever, adding that “We have commenced aggressive sensitization and awareness campaign in the state.