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Lassa fever kills medical doctor and pregnant woman in Nasarawa state

Lassa fever kills medical doctor and pregnant woman in Nasarawa state

Two folks have been confirmed lifeless following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nasarawa state. 

 

Ifedayo Adetifa, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) stated the victims are a pregnant lady and a medical physician.

 

Another medical physician linked to the index case has additionally been confirmed to have Lassa fever and he’s at present receiving medical care in FCT.

 

The assertion learn; 

 

On the eighth of December 2021, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was notified of the demise of two individuals from Lassa fever. The first case was a pregnant lady who offered in a well being facility in Nasarawa State and the subsequent one, a medical physician concerned within the administration of the affected person that later sought medical care within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In addition, one other medical physician linked to the index case has additionally been confirmed to have Lassa fever and he’s at present receiving medical care in FCT. The Nasarawa State Ministry of Health with assist of NCDC has commenced an in-depth epidemiological investigation of the instances to grasp the potential supply of an infection and the extent of unfold of the illness. Contact tracing of all of the shut contacts of the sufferers has commenced.

Following these confirmations of Lassa fever instances in Nasarawa state and FCT, the NCDC has intensified the actions of the nationwide multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary Lassa fever Technical Working Group (TWG) for Lassa fever surveillance and response within the nation. Lassa fever Emergency Operation Centres have additionally been activated by the affected state and FCT. The NCDC sympathises with the households of the sufferers and the healthcare employees who’ve misplaced their lives to the illness.

 

Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic sickness that’s transmitted to people by way of contact with meals or home items contaminated by contaminated rodents. Person-to-person transmission also can happen, notably in healthcare settings when there may be the absence of or insufficient an infection management measures. Lassa fever presents initially like every other febrile sickness equivalent to malaria, so a excessive index of suspicion is required particularly for attending healthcare employees.

 

Its signs embrace fever, headache, sore throat, normal physique weak point, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pains, chest ache, and in extreme instances, unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nostril, mouth, and different physique openings. The time between an infection and the looks of signs of the illness is 3 to 21 days. Early therapy and analysis improve the probabilities of survival.

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