Lassa fever: 3 LUTH workers test positive

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) three health workers out of 100 under surveillance have tested positive to Lassa fever infection.

LUTH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, confirmed this at a joint briefing by the hospital’s management and officials from the state Ministry.

He said the workers contracted the infection from the corpse of a 32-year-old pregnant woman.

He said the health workers have been admitted into the Isolation Ward at the teaching hospital.

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The CMD also identified the second patient who died of the disease at the hospital as a sickle cell patient who was admitted on August 5th.

He added that all the other 97 contacts are still under surveillance.

Bode said, “Three of the persons who had symptoms have been admitted to the Isolation Ward and are receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward. They are being cared for by a group of professionals, volunteer doctors, epidemiologists, microbiologists, emotional care givers and cleaners all round the clock.

“And I want to assure the concerned public that they are responding well to treatment. This current outbreak is effectively being traced on the field. Those that are being monitored have been given a thermometer to check their temperature. Let us douse the panic.”

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