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  • Updated: February 27, 2024

Lassa fever: Kaduna records five deaths

Lassa fever: Kaduna records five deaths

The Kaduna State Government has confirmed five deaths following Lassa Fever outbreak in the state.

The confirmation is in a report on the outbreak of the disease made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by the statess Commissioner for Health, Hajiya Umma Ahmed, on Tuesday in Kaduna.

According to her, an initial six samples were collected to confirm the outbreak, followed by another six samples from contacts, which were sent to Bayero University Kano for analysis, “with a 24-28 hours turnaround time for the result.”

She indicated that the index case was a 26-year-old youth corps member who took ill on Feb. 9, presented at the 44 Army Reference Hospital but died on Feb. 20.

“Symptoms presented included fever, headache, convulsion and bleeding.

“Thereafter, a total of 32 suspected cases were line-listed and samples collected. Six cases were confirmed positive, with five deaths and a male – female ratio of 1:1.

“The result also showed five were negative, while 21 results are being awaited.”

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