Osun Dismisses Lassa Fever Outbreak Claims, Explains Reported Case
The death of a Lassa fever patient in Osun State has created speculations that the state government wants to clarify.
After the news spread, the state government dispelled the speculations, insisting that it was false and that there was no outbreak of Lassa fever in Osun.
In a statement on Saturday, Sola Fasure, the spokesman for Governor Rauf Aregbesola, said that the patient who died at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, as a result of the fever, was not from the state.
"A patient from Ore, in Ondo State, with symptoms of lassa fever, went to Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife, for treatment, and was immediately transferred to OAUTH, where he regrettably died due to the advanced nature of the sickness.
"We must note, however, that the victim was not a native of Osun, and did not contact lassa fever in the state,” he said.
Fasure said the clarification became necessary to put a stop to speculations in social media that 'Lassa Fever had claimed two lives in the state'.
He urged residents not to panic as surveillance teams have been set up in local council areas to monitor and check for fresh cases.
The spokesman for the Governor also urged residents of the state to be watchful of visitors who might be exhibiting symptom of the viral disease, advising that such persons should be reported to the nearest health centre.
"Residents are required to be vigilant, maintain the highest hygiene standard possible, avoid contact with those infected and report illnesses and deaths emanating from the disease to hospitals and government health centres.
Lassa fever is an acute viral infection which is transmitted from the faeces and urine of rats when in contact with infected food.
This disease is associated with bleeding and can affect any age group.