Three More LUTH Workers Infected With Lassa Fever
In the course of carrying out their duties, tragedy struck.
A pregnant woman was brought into the hospital for treatment, the workers not suspecting how deadly her ailment was attended to her.
The woman, it was later discovered was suffering from Lassa fever but it was too late for the people that have had contact with her.
The doctor and some workers of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, have tested positive to the virus.
LUTH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, confirmed this at a joint briefing by the hospital’s management and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health on Wednesday.
Bode said the health workers have been admitted to the Isolation Ward alongside a female resident doctor who contracted the infection while conducting an autopsy on one of the index cases.
The CMD also identified the second patient who died of the disease at the hospital as a sickle cell patient that was admitted on August 5.
He added that the victim had just come in from a neighbouring state.
According to him, all the other 97 contacts are still under surveillance.
Bode said, “Three of the persons who have symptoms are receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward. They are being cared for by a group of professionals, volunteer doctors, epidemiologists, microbiologists, emotional caregivers and cleaners round-the-clock.
“And I want to assure the concerned public that they are responding well to treatment. This current outbreak is effectively being monitored. Those that are being monitored have been given thermometers to check their temperature. So, let us douse the panic.”