Lassa Fever : One tests positive in Ogun
A patient at the State General Hospital, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has been placed under close observation on suspicion of suffering from the deadly and contagious Lassa Fever disease.
The 22 years old male patient whose identity is not yet to be disclosed, has tested positive to the virus that causes Lassa Fever and the young man was said to have just returned from Lagos with feverish symptoms.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, told journalists on phone that the patient is already being monitored.
“He is resident here (Abeokuta), but, he travelled to Lagos and returned with fever.
“He is currently at the state General hospital 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 has to be done.
“We are doing everything to see whether it is a confirmed case . The patient’s temperature was high, but, today, it has reduced considerably.
“By tomorrow, we should be able to confirm whether it is Lassa fever or not. Meanwhile, the patient has been isolated,” Ipaye said.
The commissioner however said the government has begun preventive measures against the infection .
Two persons, including a 36-year-old pregnant woman, have reportedly died of Lassa Fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos while about 100 different health workers are currently under close observation in the same hospital.