At least five people have been confirmed dead in an outbreak of Lassa fever in Rivers and Taraba states.
Confirming the outbreak in the state, Rivers Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilous Odage, in a statement on Tuesday, advised members of the public not to panic because the state government had taken a proactive measure to contain an outbreak.
The statement further called on residents to report any of such symptoms as persistent high fever, stooling, vomiting, bleeding from the nose, mouth and anus to nearest health centre without delay.
The Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo,the Taraba state capital, also confirmed the death of three persons over the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state.
The medical director of the hospital, Wiza Inusa, announced this to journalists on Tuesday while giving update on the outbreak, saying two other persons were currently receiving treatment.
“So far, we have a total number of five cases, of which we have had three mortalities,” the medical director disclosed.
He further urged the public not to panic, “because effort is being made to contain the situation”.
He also advised members of the public to maintain good hygiene and quickly report any case of Lassa Fever to the nearest health centre or hospital for urgent attention.
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