Oyo State confirms outbreak of lassa fever in Western Nigeria – Oyo State Commissioner for Overall health, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in western Nigeria, ensuring that the government will prioritise the situation properly.
Gbadegesin, who, according to a PM News report, disclosed this to journalists in Ibadan, stated that the government is conscious of 10 instances of Lassa fever, adding that out of the ten circumstances, 3 have been brought into the state from one more state.
“We are already working to bring it under handle. We are carrying out the greatest to curtail it. We have what it takes to handle it very well. I only want to appeal to our folks to be extremely hygienic and when they really feel that some thing is wrong with our program, we ought to go to the hospital for correct diagnosis of their sickness and treatment,” he stated.
Corroborating what the commissioner stated, the Head of Virology Department, University Teaching Hospital, (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Olaleye, dispelled the notion that Lassa fever is contracted from some black domestic rats.
“Most of this black rats in our homes don’t have this virus. Most of the rats with this virus are from the bush. There are farmers who in the method of producing cassava flour will cut their cassava and spread them on the road. When these rats see this cassava, they go there to eat from them and in the method, they pee on them and via that they transfer the virus on the cassava. Anybody that eats out of the cassava flour made from such cassava might have the fever,” Professor Olaleye stated.
He additional stated that some of the instances reported at UCH during the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria were actually Lassa fever cases, adding, “some sufferers that came to UCH thinking that they had Ebola had been later diagnosed of Lassa fever. Lassa fever has drug. It can be treated if promptly reported.”
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