Osun Issues Lassa Fever Alert
Osun State Government has called on people of the state to be vigilant and maintain the highest levels of hygiene.
State authorities say there is no confirmed case of Lassa fever in the state.
The State's Ministry of Health has put relatives of a corpse, which was allegedly brought from Lagos, on a 21-day surveillance but none of them exhibited any symptoms of the disease.
"However, a corpse was brought from Lagos for burial in Osun. The case is linked with the three doctors also confirmed positive in Lagos. As at the time the corpse was released for burial after autopsy had been carried out, the laboratory result was not out.
"The result however came out as Lassa fever positive, after the corpse was buried. The state Ministry of Health however, put all the relatives of the said case on 21 days surveillance, and none showed any positive sign.
"Active surveillance is ongoing by the State and LGA team and all concerned.
"Any person with severe illness, fever and at least one of the following signs: Bloody stools, vomiting blood and unexplained bleeding from gums, nose, private parts, skin and eyes should immediately go to a hospital."
"Any person who has unexplained illness with fever and bleeding OR died after unexplained severe illness with fever and bleeding should report or be reported to the nearest government hospital or health centre.
The government says the surveillance going on across local governments in the state is to make sure the people are protected, prevented and safe from the disease.
Suspected cases should be reported to the nearest public health centre.