Lassa Fever Outbreak: One Dead, Two Restricted In Taraba.

lassaFollowing the celebration of the New Year, the government of Taraba has reported an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state, which has claimed a life and cause two other persons under observation.
The State’s Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai confirmed this development to newsmen.
He said: “One person died and two others quarantined and their blood samples have already been taken to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation.”
Vakkai, who urged the people of the state not to be panic, explained how the fever spreads.
“People usually get infected with the Lassa Virus after exposure to infected rodents, while person to person transmission occurs through direct contact with the sick person.”
“Other precautionary measures include putting food in rodent proof containers and wearing protections such as masks, gloves, gowns among others,” he added.
The commissioner further appeal to anyone who witnesses nasal bleeding as well as bleeding through the anus and mouth to the nearest hospital as they are among the symptoms of the fever.

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