Nasarawa State confirms outbreak of Lassa fever

Nasarawa State Government has confirmed an outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

Mr Ahmed Yahaya, the state Commissioner for Health, said this while speaking with journalists on Monday in Lafia.

He said a patient, resident at Mararaba Gurku in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state was diagnosed with the disease, adding that the case was confirmed by doctors at Garki General Hospital, Abuja.

”A team of health personnel has been drafted to the area to monitor and possibly quarantine those who had contact with the patient to curtail spread.”

Yahaya also said the State government has put in place mechanism in secondary and tertiary health facilities to handle any case of outbreak and curtail the spread of the disease in the state.

“We are aware of the outbreak and have taken measures by deploying doctors and tools to ensure we curtail further spread of the diseases,” he said.

The commissioner advised residents to ensure good environmental hygiene and keep rodents away from their food sources.

He also advised them to lookout for symptoms and visit health facilities for prompt treatment.

Yahaya added that all health facilities have been put on red alert to check for the outbreak.


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