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Lassa fever: One dies in Anambra, 65 under surveillance

One person has been confirmed dead of Lassa Fever, while 65 others are currently being monitored in Anambra, government has said.

Dr Emmanuel Okafor, Director of Public Health in the Anambra Ministry of Health disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Awka on Monday.

Okafor said the deceased lady (name withheld) was a nursing student in one private school in Idemili north, adding that she was admitted to the Ojukwu Univerrsity Hospital, Awka on June 11.

He said the lady was immediately transferred to General Hospital Irua, Edo state for Diagnosis where she died on June 17.

“She died at Irua, Edo state on Saturday, but she was admitted at Amaku, Awka before was transferred and admitted there.

“She was schooling at one private nursing school at Nkpor, she was bleeding from the gums and at the Teaching Hospital she was bleeding from the nostril and virgina, she was confirmed Lassa Fever victim in Irua,” he said.

“The moment it was confirmed she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing; as of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua.

“We are still tracking other ones and have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones,” he said.

He urged residents to keep their surroundings and food free from rats.