The Anambra State Government on Tuesday said it had quarantined 50 persons who had contact with a Lassa fever patient in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, disclosed this in a statement in Awka, Anambra State.
The statement read, “Immediately a 25-year-old student in Anambra State was diagnosed a few days ago with Lassa fever, the state government took the patient to the regional Virology Centre in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, for proper treatment.
“The health authorities quickly got in touch with some 50 persons she had come into contact with in the preceding three weeks in both her hometown and her university. All the contacts are being examined and watched closely by experts. This is in conformity with globally established protocol in treating Lassa fever.”
Meanwhile The National Centre for Disease Control says 19 people had been killed by Lassa fever in the country, with 318 suspected cases reported in 19 states.
A report Published on the Tuesday by the NCDC said the 318 suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported from 56 council areas in 19 states. The states are Edo 135, Ondo 52; Ebonyi 15; Enugu 6; Kano 7; Borno 8; Nasarawa 4; Kogi 10; Rivers 3; Abia 8; Adamawa 4; Benue 1; Kaduna 8; Bauchi 11; Taraba 11; Plateau 10; Delta 9; Osun 8; and Ogun 8.
The report added that no health care worker was infected while the NCDC Rapid Response Team had been deployed in Ondo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta, Kano, Katsina and Borno states.