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Kogi Confirms Lassa Fever Case

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By: Olajide Toriola

The Kogi State Government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever at Angwan Kura in Lokoja, the State capital.

The confirmation came through a patient’s visit to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja for medical check-up.

 It was gathered on Sunday that the male patient who is a resident of Angwan Kura, Lokoja reported at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, with signs and symptoms of haemorrhagic fever.

The state’s epidemiologists immediately responded by sending the patient’s blood sample to the  laboratory at the Federal Specialist Hospital (FSH), Irrua, Edo State for analysis, which tested positive for Lassa fever.

The patient was eventually transferred to the FSH, Irrua, Edo State for optimal care.

Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka  Audu, who authenticate the story said the state’s Rapid Response Team was summoned  and provisions were made for source/contact tracing and prophylactic treatment for medical personnel who had contact with the patient before transfer.

“All these have been concluded as all those who have had contact with the patient are currently being closely monitored.

“It is important to note that it was discovered that the patient had travelled to Ilorin, Kwara State where he had stayed for two weeks. He only developed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever two days after his return. We are therefore uncertain whether he contracted the virus there or here in Lokoja,” he stated.

He stressed that all hands were on deck to prevent further spread of the disease as jingles and other means of public enlightenment were currently ongoing to educate the people.

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