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Lassa fever shows up in kwara

Lassa fever shows up in kwara

The Kwara state government has confirmed a case of Lassa fever at Babanla community in Ifelodun local government at area of the state.

Briefing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, the commissioner for Health, Alhaji Sulaiman Alege said the result of five samples taken from Babanla and Oro-Ago areas of the local government, to the virology unit of the Lagos university teaching hospital showed that a ten-year old boy from Babanla axis is tested positive to Lassa fever.

According to him, four other samples from Oro-Ago axis were confirmed negative.

Alhaji Alege said the Medical team would be deployed immediately to the area with a view to monitor the situation.

He disclosed that an isolation centre had been set up at the general hospital, Omu-Aran for proper monitoring and quarantines of all people who might have had contact with the patient.

Alhaji Alege noted that the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed had earlier approved the purchase of protective medical kits for health personnel to manage any outbreak.

He appealed to members of Babanla community not to panic as the government is on the alert to curtail any outbreak.

He also urged residents of the state to take personal hygiene seriously and keep their environment tidy at all times.

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