LASSA FEVER: Tension Heightens As Nurse Dies, 65 Under Surveillance In Anambra [OPEN]


There is a growing tension among residents of Anambra State after a nursing student was confirmed dead following the freshest outbreak of the dreaded Lassa fever in the state.

The sad incident was confirmed to journalists in Awka on Monday, June 19, 2017 by the Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Okafor.

Dr Okafor revealed that 65 others were currently under close surveillance following the death of the deceased whose identity has been withheld.

According to him, the deceased who was a student in one private nursing school in Nkpor, Idemili North was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, on June 11.


Doctors were immediately informed following suspicion and she was immediately transferred to the General Hospital, Irua, in Edo for diagnosis where she died on June 17.

“She was initially admitted at Amaku in Awka before she was transferred to Irua and was placed on admission there.

“She was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vagina and was confirmed Lassa Fever victim in Irua.

“The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing.

“As of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua.

“We are still tracking others and we have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones.”

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