A student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University UNIZIK has been confirmed positive for Lassa Fever virus in Anambra State.

The student was confirmed positive at the Chukwukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital.

The unnamed female undergraduate has now been moved to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, after necessary decontamination.

It has also been confirmed that the death toll in the Lassa fever outbreak in Enugu State has risen to two.

According to the Management of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, a second death was recorded on Thursday, at the hospital.

A statement signed by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Obinna Onodugo, reads, “It’s confirmed that a case of Lassa Fever came to UNTH yesterday(30/1/2020) and died at our Emergency and Accident (Unit).”

He said the hospital and the state government have started contact tracing, to curtail the spread.

“We are also working with the Enugu State epidemiology Team and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to ensure that proper measures are taken at the mortuary, and to protect staff against new cases,” he said.

He noted that the hospital has procured some essential materials needed to keep the staff safe.

“There is no cause for alarm,” he assured.

THE UNTH management said it has medication for all those who have been exposed directly or remotely.

The outbreak of Lassa Fever has spread to a handful of states across the country including Osun and Ogun.


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