Lassa fever: 22-year-old under medical observation in Ogun
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
A 22-year-old male patient has been reportedly placed under medical observation for alleged Lassa fever at the Ogun State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.
Though, the identity of the patient could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, he was said to have returned from a trip to Lagos.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, however, confirmed the suspected case and said the patient had been placed under watch.
Ipaye said: “He is resident here (Abeokuta), but, he travelled to Lagos and returned with fever.
“He is currently at the state general hospital in Ijaye where he is under medical observation.
“We have carried out the first test. The first sample was positive. It shows some reactions, we need to do another confirmatory test.
“We are doing everything to see whether it is a confirmed case. The patient’s temperature was high but, today (yesterday), it has reduced considerably.
“By today, we should be able to confirm whether it is Lassa fever or not. Meanwhile, the patient has been isolated.” The commissioner said government had commenced preventive measures against the spread of the infection in the state.