The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Haruna Mshelia, says one suspected case of Lassa fever has been reported in the state.

The case was reported in Zabarmari community of Jere local government area of the state.

He said that the patient was initially quarantined but discharged after medical examinations.

Mshelia addressed newsmen on the matter in Maiduguri.

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“The patient was discharged after medical examination certified him free of Lassa fever infection.

“It is medically proven that the case was not Lassa fever as earlier suspected,” he said.

Mishelia adds that the state government has also increased surveillance to contain spread of River Blindness in prone areas.

He noted that River Blindness and cholera diseases were more prevalent during rainy season, adding that proactive measures had been put in place to contain disease.

“Assorted drugs are distributed to endemic areas.

“State preparedness for endemic disease such as cholera is in place”.

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