Lassa fever outbreak kills 15 in Ondo — govt activates emergency response centres

Lassa fever outbreak kills 15 in Ondo — govt activates emergency response centres


Ondo State government seems to have activated an emergency response team to curtail the further spread of Lassa fever epidemic which has allegedly killed 15 persons in the State.

The outbreak of Lassa fever has set residents of the State on panicky mood while 28 other Nigerians have been quarantined at undisclosed hospitals.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab , told newsmen that the issue is being addressed by government officials.

“I am currently at the governor’s office and we are having a meeting.

“That’s (Lassa fever outbreak) what we trying to address now. We are working on the report available and the next line of action. That is why I am in the governor’s office.

“There will be pronouncement after the meeting”, he said.

A source at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, said over 10 patients have been affected by the deadly disease.

He lamented that the hospital no longer have enough bed spaces for patients.

It was also gathered that one of those were said to have been killed by the disease was the

Unconfirmed reports said a pregnant wife of one of the doctors in the hospital, was one of the victory.

Epidemiologists had attributed lack of testing centres and bush burning which threatens the ecosystem especially during the harmattan season in Nigeria attribute largely to the spread of Lassa fever pandemic.

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