A fresh outbreak of Lassa fever has been recorded in Kogi State, and this time, the victim is a medical doctor.

The 30-year-old doctor is working with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in the state capital, Lokoja.

Dr Olatunde Alabi, the Medical Director of FMC said that the male doctor was diagnosed of the disease on January 19.

He said the victim’s blood sample was sent to the Federal Medical Centre, Irrua, Edo State for laboratory analysis, adding that it tested positive, and the doctor has been taken to the facility for treatment.

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World Health Organisation (WHO), the state Ministry of Health and other stakeholders have been informed of the development and are already assisting the Centre in various ways.

Alabi said that all the people that came in contact with the sick doctor, both at home and work had been placed under surveillance.

The centre had in 2017 handled three cases of Lassa fever, two of the victims died while one survived.

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