LAGOS RECORDS 14 CASES OF LASSA FEVER, MONITORS 438 PEOPLE

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The Lagos State government, on Friday, announced that it had recorded 14 suspected cases of Lassa fever as of Thursday, January 21. According to the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide Idris, out of these cases, three had been confirmed positive: one of the cases was confirmed on January 15, while two cases were confirmed on January 18, while eight had been confirmed to be negative and results of three cases are being awaited as of Friday afternoon. The commissioner also said about 438 people who got in contact with the suspected Lassa fever patients are currently being monitored. The three confirmed cases, according to the commissioner, included that of a 25-year-old undergraduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna State admitted on January 9; a 51-year-old man living in Ilasan, Lekki who came back with the ailment after attending a wedding ceremony in Edo State and was admitted on January 12; and a 36-year-old lady from Kogi State who was admitted on January 18. Dr Idris said while one of the patients, the 51-year-old man had died, the two other cases were responding to treatment. The commissioner said the breakdown of those being monitored showed that 91 people are being monitored in Ifako Ijaiye, 18 in Mushin, 42 in Alimosho, one in Kosofe, 66 in Eti Osa, and 220 in Amuwo.

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