Lassa fever kills 2 in Gombe

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The Gombe State Government has confirmed the death of two persons as a result of Lassa fever in the state, with five others under investigation.

Dr Ahmed Mohammed Gana, the state Commissioner of Health, confimed this while speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, said the Ministry of Health is waiting laboratory confirmation of the remaining five patients.

He said the first victim was brought unconscious from Bayo LGA of Borno state on January 23, and died on the same day at the Isolation Ward of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.

Dr Gana added that the second person was from Gombe state that also died while receiving treatment at the FTH, Gombe.

The commissioner further said another victim, an indigene of Ibbi LGA of Taraba state was also admitted at the FTH on January 16 where he was treated accordingly and discharged.

Gana said four other patients are on admission at the Isolation ward of the FTH, Gombe.

According to him, Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has approved the procurement of additional commodities for effective prevention and management of the outbreak in the state.

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