Doctor Tested Positive To Lassa Fever In Taraba

In just a day after 9jatoday reported that Lassa Fever virus has resurfaced in Kaduna State, leaving one dead after efforts my personnel, a medical doctor today has been tested positive with the deadly fever attack in Jalingo.

According to the report which was confirmed to newsmen on Tuesday evening, Medical personnel working with the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the capital city of Taraba State, has reportedly tested positive to Lassa fever.

The hospital management, through the acting Head, Clinical Service of the hospital, Dr Ahmed Jatau, revealed to newsmen that six suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported with four deaths, confirming that the affected medical doctor is currently undergoing treatment at Iruwa Specialist Hospital in Edo State.

He said, “We have sent 10 samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for testing. We had six positive cases out of which four have died even before their result came in.”

“For the remaining two cases, one has been discharged while the other, who is our own staff, has been transferred to Iruwa Specialist Hospital for further treatment because we don’t have a dialysis unit here.

Jatau added that information from the specialist hospital confirms that he is doing well after the first dialysis session. “We have also fumigated the house officers quarters against rodents,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the Kaduna Lassa fever incident, the Kaduna State Commissioner for health, Amina Baloni said that members of the family of the victim and seven others are now under observation and going through a lot of tests to ascertain that they have not been infected by the same virus.

According to the commissioner, the observation will last for a period of two weeks to be sure of the result.


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