Lassa fever: Plateau records five cases

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Dr Nimkong Ndam, the Plateau Commissioner of Health, has on Friday confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in the state.

Ndam told Newsmen in Jos that the patients of the ailment had been admitted in two different hospitals in the state, adding that three of them were undergoing treatment; one had completed treatment, while the fifth one had been discharged.

He said Lassa fever was not a strange disease in the state because the area had once experienced the disease before.

“However, the health personnel are on ground to handle the situation and they have the required protective kits to wear while treating such cases.

“We are in contact with the hospitals in the state to address such cases promptly and to curtail spread of the disease. We also have the protective kits required of health workers to wear when treating such cases,” he said.

Newsmen have it that Lassa fever is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by infected Mastomy rats who are hosts of the Lassa virus.

Storing grains and other foodstuff in rodent-free containers and general hygiene is a preventive measure.