Lassa fever kills thirty-five, infects seventy-six, says FG

Written by on January 7, 2016

Health MinisterThe Federal Government has put the number of reported cases of Lassa Fever outbreak in eight states at seventy-six with thirty-five deaths already recorded and fourteen cases confirmed by laboratories.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who said this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja, in response to the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the country, added that the World Health Organization is being notified of the cases confirmed.

According to him, Nigeria has been experiencing Lassa fever outbreak in the past six weeks in Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo and Oyo states. The government, which said measures had been put in place to curtail further spread and reduce mortality among those affected, however, ruled out placing travel restrictions from and to areas currently affected.

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