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Four die of Lassa fever in Taraba

Following the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, the government of Taraba State has confirmed the death of four persons which was caused by the deadly virus.

Reacting to the development, the State’s commissioner of health, Dr Innoncent Vakkai confirmed the death of four persons on Monday, January 27.

Vakkai disclosed that the late residents of the state were among the 5 people who tested positive after 15 persons were subjected to a medical test for the disease.

Vakkai further revealed that the surveillance system for more case detection and proper treatment has been activated by state government after most of the suspected cases were found to have come from six local government areas in the state; Bali, Gashaka, Gassol, Ardo-Kola, Jalingo and Ibi.

The state’s commissioner for health added that they’ve launched a campaign to create awarnness and enlighten residents of the state on symptoms of the disease.

He also revealed that the difficult terrains of the state have led to late reporting of patients to hospitals.

 
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