Lassa fever hits Kaduna, claims 4 lives

Lassa fever hits Kaduna, claims 4 lives

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Four persons, including an unborn baby have been confirmed dead at the Saint Louis  Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the area.

The state commissioner for health, Professor Jonathan Nok  confirmed the incident to newsmen  yesterday.

He said  that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased. 

Dr. Nok  said that the doctor and the nurse  had shown signs of lassa fever shortly  they  operated  a  pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in Kafanchan, Jama’a local government.

He said  they all  later died few days after they were tested positive to the deadly disease.         

He said the affected hospitals have been put under isolation with the intention of tracing  the primary and secondary contacts with the deceased persons.                                                 
However, the commissioner urged residents not to panic as government is on top of the situation, just as  he advised  them to maintain personal hygiene around their homes. 

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