There are three reported cases of Lassa fever in the North-Eastern state of Bauchi.
These cases were confirmed by the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, at a press briefing on Friday in the state.
State officials are on high alert, with medical personnel in the state afraid because of a recent breakout of the fever in Kano that took the lives of some healthcare providers in the state.
“This year, we have 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever – three confirmed cases out of the suspected … One thing that is giving us concern is no vaccine for it, we have only treatment of the contact and prophylaxis for the contact and then treatment of cases," he said
“So, doctors are afraid, and the nurses are also afraid but there is what we call universal safety precaution.
“Unless you touch this patient, unless you touch the secretion; so you have to wear your gloves, you have to make sure that you protect yourself from contact with the secretion,” he added.
“So far, no death has been recorded this year."