The Lagos State government says it has placed 63 persons under surveillance following the confirmation of an index case being isolated at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday said there is no need for the public to panic as they have identified 63 of the persons he (Lassa fever patient) may have been in contact with him since he arrived in Lagos from Ebonyi State.
He said “His destination was the Lagos Law School where he was quickly attended to at the clinic but was not getting well after being treated for malaria.
“He was then referred to the Nigeria Air Force clinic, Onikan, where he was managed further and was referred to LUTH when there was no improvement.”
“The test was confirmed as positive on February 17 and was immediately transferred to the isolation containment facility in LUTH.”
The commissioner also clarified that, “The (63 people) are been monitored; If they develop any symptoms of Lassa fever, we will pick them up early and isolate them so that we can break the circle of transmission.”
Meanwhile, the National Centre for Disease Control has also confirmed that 103 people had been killed by Lassa fever in the country since the beginning of this year.
It said the number of new confirmed cases increased from 109 cases last week to 115 this week in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina states.
The NCDC said Lassa fever had spread to 26 states. Adding that the number of deaths this year represented 17.6 per cent case fatality rate lower than the one recorded for the same period in 2019.
The NCDC said, “In total for 2020, 26 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 101 local government areas. Out of the 73 per cent of all confirmed, Edo State has 35 per cent, Ondo State, 32 per cent and Ebonyi State has six per cent of the cases.