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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lassa Fever in Nigeria

A ProMED-mail post
Archive Number: 20130311.1581762
Date: Thu 28 Mar 2013
Source: Leadership, Nigeria [edited]

Lassa fever has claimed the lives of 8 people in Jega local government area of Kebbi State, while 3 others are still undergoing medical treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin Kebbi. A nurse at the FMC, Birnin Kebbi, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they received the cases on Wed 27 Feb 2013 and that 3 people were confirmed dead on the spot, while 2 others died the following day.

The nurse further explained that on Friday [29 Feb 2013] 5 people were brought from the same local government, and one died in the night; another one passed away the following day, while the remaining 3 people are still undergoing medical treatment. "I was on duty on Wednesday [27 Feb 2013] when they brought them, and they were admitted in the A and E ward before they were taken to the main ward. You know, it is an airborne disease. The state government took care of their drugs free of charge," he said. One of the relatives of the deceased said that, initially, they assumed it was poison that had afflicted them, but on coming to the hospital, they discovered that it was Lassa fever. 

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