Lassa Fever Reportedly Kills Four In Kogi

Lassa Fever

9jatoday has been informed that a number of four people struck with Lassa Fever disease died on Sunday in Kogi state.

According to the report made available to newsmen by the state Ministry of Health, four people out of nine who were tested positive of the virus has died.

Mr. Austin Ojotule, the state’s epidemiologist, announce this on Sunday, in a press statement.

He reported that the ministry had a total of 31 suspected cases since the recent outbreak.

“out of the 31 cases, there is one probable case, 17 negative cases, nine confirmed cases and five pending laboratory results,” he said.

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“Out of the 9 confirmed cases, two are from Ibaji local government, two are from Okene, three are from Idah, while Okehi and Igalamela Local Government Areas have one confirmed case each.”

Speaking further, he added that a total of 177 contacts have been line-listed and there is an ongoing contact tracing and follow-up.

This was coming a few days after 9jatoday reported that a child was tested positive with Coronavirus, 30 hours after his birth.

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9jatoday has been informed on Wednesday that a Chinese newborn was diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

A pitiful situation which records the child as the youngest infected person with the disease. The baby’s mother after she gave birth to her child, was tested positive to the virus on 2 February in Wuhan, where the virus emanates from.

Meanwhile, in another news, 9jatoday had reported that Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, announces to the general public in a statement that over 41 people have died out the 258 Lassa Fever cases from 19 states.

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Speaking to Journalist in a gathering in Abuja in January, in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, Mr Osagie noted that it is now everyone’s responsibility to make efforts in putting an end to the spread of the disease. He added that the overall case-fatality rate for 2020 has been just about 15 per cent compared to the same in 2019, which was 20 per cent.


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