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Lassa fever: 33-yr-old man killed in Rivers

By Jimitota Onoyume

Port Harcourt – Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, has confirmed the death of one patient from Lassa fever in the state.

Parker, weekend, in Port Harcourt, said the victim, a 33-year- old man, died a few days ago at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

He said: “Just a few days ago, my attention was drawn to the isolation of the virus in a suspected case and we lost the patient.”

He said that the state government was poised to tackle any outbreak of the disease in the state.

“For this purpose, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, a multi-disciplinary task force has already fashioned an integrated approach to ensure that the disease was contained,” he added.

He said the government had acquired adequate drugs to combat the ailment, pleading with residents to keep their environments free from rats and dirt.

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