Three persons who tested positive to disease of Lassa Fever have been confirmed dead in Rivers state .
Dr Chinwe Tonye Atata
Director planning, research and statistics, Ministry of Health made this known in Port Harcourt while updating journalists on cases detected and preventive measures in the state .
She said, ”You will recall that few days ago, I briefed you on a number of suspected cases that were being investigated in the state. We have received preliminary confirmation that three (3) of the samples tested positive to Lassa Virus”.
“The Rivers State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) had earlier commenced pro-active effort for containment of the outbreak. So far, all hands are on deck for facility decontamination, line-listing, presumptive prophylaxis and surveillance to ensure Public health safety and security. In addition, the State has procured large quantities of anti-viral agents, isolation centres have been designated and are being set-up across the teaching hospitals in case of any eventuality. Rivers State Government is doing everything to contain the Lassa Virus”.
“Let me assure you that all hands are on deck to to ensure rapid containment of the outbreak. There is therefore no cause for alarm as all cases are being managed with expertise according to the standard protocol for containment. We will update you regularly on further development if any. I will continue to reiterate that in view of the prevailing upsurge of Lassa fever cases in the country, all health service centres have been advised to maintain simple triage system for all patients and uphold standard infection prevention principles required for service delivery”.
“The public is further advised to continue all necessary preventive measures under the circumstances.It is important to remind you that Lassa fever is an acute Viral Hemorrhagic illness caused by the Lassa Virus. The reservoir of the virus is the Multi-Mammate Rat and transmission could be from rodents-to-humans and also by ingestion of food and materials contaminated by infected rodent excreta or urine. It could also be from human-to-human by direct contact with infected blood, tissues, secretions or excretions of infected humans.”
Meanwhile, a suspected case of killer disease has surfaced in Bayelsa state .
Commissioner for health, Pabara Newton said ” report just reaching me this morning has it that there is suspected case at Federal Medical can, FMC, and sample has been collected on the patient for analysis and confirmation “.