Lassa Fever has struck again and this time around, a man and two pregnant women are the victims.

The Benue State Government on Thursday confirmed that the two pregnant women and the man died in Makurdi, Benue State.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecilia Ojabo, who disclosed this in Makurdi, said one of the pregnant women was confirmed positive when her blood sample was sent to a specialist hospital in Irua, Edo State.

She said the patient commenced treatment for Lassa fever at the designated centre located at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi but died in the process.

“There was another instance of a young man, an indigene of Benue State who had Lassa fever and died in Lagos State.

“We were duly informed about his death and the corpse was thereafter transmitted back to Benue State for burial.”

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Ojaba also disclosed that a patient from the Guma Local Government Area of the state manifested late symptoms of Lassa fever when he started bleeding from the nose, ears and mouth.

According to her, the victim was admitted to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital but before doctors could obtain his blood sample for the test at Irua, he died.

She confirmed that a second pregnant woman died “this morning” (Thursday, February 15th) after showing symptoms of the disease.

The commissioner said seven persons close to the victims had been placed under surveillance.


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