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Lassa fever victim dies in Ogun

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—Ogun State Government, yesterday said that a-28-year-old lady confirmed to be a victim of the first case of lassa fever in the state has died.
The victim simply identified as Eze was reportedly admitted into the isolation unit of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu and had spent nine days before she gave up the ghost.

The state government disclosed that it recorded two cases of lassa fever while the first case has just lost her life.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, disclosed this in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Ipaye said that, the deceased had travelled back to Ogun State from a burial ceremony in Ebonyi State on the 15th of January after she was admitted into two private hospitals in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government where the lassa fever virus was detected in her system.

According to Ipaye, the deceased had received a nine day course of Ribavirin, potent antibiotics, appropriate blood transfusions and necessary psychosocial support.
“We were only waiting to celebrate the completion of medication today and take a blood sample to confirm cure when unexpected complication set in yesterday, Saturday, 13, February, 2016”, he said.

The commissioner, however, assured the people of the state that none of the 121 primary contacts that have been under the government’s watchful eyes with the provision of thermometers have displayed any symptom suggestive of lassa.


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