73 contacts placed under monitoring as Lassa fever kills 5 in Plateau

73 contacts placed under monitoring as Lassa fever kills 5 in Plateau

- Plateau state has confirmed 17 confirmed cases of Lassa fever

- The state commissioner for health, Dr Kunden Deyin, said five persons have been lost to the disease

- Deyin advised people with headache, body pain and general feeling of being unwell, to promptly report for checks

The Plateau state commissioner for health, Dr Kunden Deyin has said that the state has recorded 17 confirmed cases of Lassa Fever with five persons dead.

Vanguard reports that Deyin said in on Sunday, January 27, that 33 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation and 17 were eventually confirmed to be cases of Lassa Fever.

The health commissioner added that 13 persons on admission are responding to treatment while others, whose number he could not ascertain, have been discharged.

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He further stated that 73 persons who had primary and secondary contacts with the patients, were being monitored for a period of 21 days.

He said: “The 73 persons are currently being monitored. We shall do that for 21 days because the incubation period is from six to 21 days.

“After 21 days, those not affected by the disease will be discharged from the contact tracing list and certified free of Lassa Fever.”

He advised people with headache, body pain and general feeling of being unwell, to promptly report for checks, noting that prompt checks were key to reducing the mortality rate associated with the disease.

Deyin regretted that patients usually report to the hospital when it was too late, and called on health workers to quickly make referrals to higher health facilities, when they can’t handle cases presented to them.

He advised people to keep their environments clean to ward off rodents, while grain stores should be sealed.

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Meanwhile, in its plan to eradicate the lingering presence of malaria across the country, the federal government has made a move to deploy nuclear technology for the eradication of malaria in the country.

The minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, made the disclosure on Tuesday, January 22, when answering questions from ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Jon Tong Choi, in Abuja.

In order to achieve this aim, the minister stressed that there would be a strong partnership between Nigeria and North Korea towards nuclear technology as this would sterilise the reproductive ability of anopheles mosquitoes, which is the vector carrier of the disease.

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