Lassa fever: Late nurse’s contacts tracked

Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta emergency unit deserted over Lassa fever scare

Two contacts of the nurse who died from the Lassa fever infection at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, have been placed under surveillance.

Also, a medical team is tracking contacts of the late deputy chief nursing officer and others suspected to have been infected by the virus.

Operations have returned to normal at the hospital, after the panic that greeted the breaking of the news of the Lassa fever case by Rockcity FM on Monday evening.

Spokesman of the hospital, Segun Orisajo, told Rockcity FM that the two persons placed under surveillance were not quarantined, and that the mortuary attendant who was reported dead is not a staff of the hospital.

Orisajo explained that the late mortuary attendant was a staff of a company operating a private mortuary within the hospital’s complex.

Meanwhile, Ogun state government has said it plans to immediately create an isolation centre at the hospitals to contain the spread of the disease.

Health commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Ipaye, who made this known while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta also, said that the state government has reactivated its surveillance system.

He confirmed that the blood sample of late nurse taken to a laboratory of the World Health Organisation in Lagos confirmed she was a victim of Lassa fever.

Ipaye asked the public not to panic, maintain good hygiene and ensure that their food are free from contact by rodents.

The commissioner said the state government has also sensitized and alerted the medical and health workers in state on the outbreak of the disease.

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