Lassa fever: One dead, 3 quarantined in Borno

Borno State Government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salihu Aliyu Bura, told reporters in Maiduguri informed that one person has been confirmed dead from the virus with three suspected cases.

Lassa fever: One dead, 3 quarantined in Borno
Lassa fever: One dead, 3 quarantined in Borno
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The Commissioner explained that the outbreak was confirmed at Bolori, a settlement within Maiduguri metropolitan.

The victim, a 24-year- old, was said to have been rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he died.

According to him, the three suspected cases are being quarantined at a designated center at Jajeri within Maiduguri.

Lassa fever is named after a town in Borno State called “Lassa” in the southern part of the state where it was first discovered in 1969.

This year 2020 alone, Lassa fever is presently ravaging states like Ondo, Plateau, Ebonyi, Edo, Delta, Abia, Enugu, Kano and Bauchi as more than 26 persons have died of the deadly virus so far.

See full list if states affected by Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria so far.

Prevention is key to preventing Lassa fever which is one of the type of viral hemorrhagic fever (fever) – cover your foodstuffs in airtight containers , always wash your hands, kill ALL rats in your households and report any form of fever to your doctor.

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