Disease: A Case of Lassa Fever Reported In Kaduna State – Health commissioner

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Lassa Fever In Kaduna State

One case of Lassa fever has been confirmed in Kaduna state. The patient is a 36-year-old male from Chikun LGA, and he is being treated at the designated Infection Diseases Control Centres.

Meanwhile, the Ministry health has called on the public to maintain the highest standards of individual hygiene and to report any suspected cases immediately to the nearest health center.

A statement from the Kaduna state Ministry of Health, signed by the Dr. Amina Baloni, the Commissioner of Health, stressed that all KDSG health facilities are on alert to give attention for such cases.

According to the Medicine Net, an online health platform, Lassa fever is an illness caused by Lassa virus, a single-stranded RNA hemorrhagic fever virus from the family Arenaviridae. It is an acute febrile viral illness lasting one to four weeks, and it occurs in West Africa and some areas beyond.

Massive outbreak was reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control that began early in 2018.

“Test results have confirmed a case of Llassa Ffever in a 36-year-old male patient who is being given the necessary treatment at the Infectious Diseases Centre.

“The Ministry of Health has supplied our infectious diseases centre with the necessary commodities and our health personnel are ready to manage any cases that may arise. The epidemiology unit is monitoring the situation closely, and all health facilities are on alert for prompt referral of suspected cases.

“We wish to appeal to members of the public to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene, keep food in proper storage and to remain vigilant to report suspected cases to the relevant authorities.

“Suspected cases should be reported to the State Epidemiology unit on 08036045755 or 08027396344 or contact the nearest Local Government Health Authority official..

“Let us all work together to keep our state safe and make early reports to enable prompt treatment for patients who contact this highly infectious disease.”

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