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Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2019

Lassa fever kills one person in Benue

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Benue State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Sunday Ongbabo yesterday confirmed that one person died of Lassa fever in the state.
In a statement issued by the commissioner and made available to our reporter, he noted that there was one index, adding that the combined surveillance team had already visited the area to comb the place for contract tracing
“This is to alert members of the public that there is outbreak of Vira Hemorrhagic Fever (Lassa) in the neighboring states of Naaarawa, Taraba and Plateau among the 19 states of the federation since August, 2019 till date.
“So far 60 confirmed cases with 16 deaths have been recorded nationally.
“Benue has confirmed one index case as at 14/9/19 with one death. The combined surveillance team has already visited to comb the area for contract tracing”, the Commissioner said.
The statement advised members of the public on the mode of transmission and prevention.

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