Lassa fever claims two more lives in Imo

Lassa fever claims two more lives in Imo

Two persons have died from Lassa fever in Imo State.

Health commissioner, Doctor Angela Uwakwem, confirmed their deaths.

Also, there are seven suspected cases, two of them confirmed.

The commissioner asked people in the state to stop unnecessary shaking of hands, and eating exposed foods.

Governor Rochas Okorocha said the state government is working round the clock, to contain the spread of the disease in the state.

Already, the disease had killed two persons in Kogi State, three in Ebonyi State and five in Ondo state.

Meanwhile, Benue State government has placed hospitals in the state on an alert, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in neighbouring states.

Benue State director of public health, Doctor Jonathan Kur, said the state is yet to record any confirmed case of the disease.

He, however, said the blood sample of a suspected case set to the specialist hospital, Irrua in Edo State for analysis, proved negative.

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