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Five dead after Lassa Fever outbreak in Benue

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the death of five persons on Friday October 25 as a result of a Lassa fever outbreak in Benue State.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that out of 21 suspected cases of Lassa fever recieved from the state, only eight cases were confirmed while five infected people died.

The Programs Officer, Risk Communications Desk of NCDC, Hanatu Bello disclosed at a news conference held in Markudi that “Since the beginning of the year, there have been 21 suspected cases of Lassa fever in Benue State. Eight cases were confirmed after laboratory tests and five deaths have so far been recorded,”

Hanatu who said the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has already been activated in the state, further disclosed that the State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) is the only medical facility attending to Lassa fever patients at the moment.

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