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Lassa Fever Spreads In Jos, Claims One Life

Posted: Jan 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*** Govt Call For Calm
The Plateau State Government has confirmed that Lassa Fever has claimed one life in the state as the deadly disease has been noticed in five local governments of the state namely; Jos North, Mangu, Langtang South, Pankshin and Shendam LGA respectively.
State Commissioner for Health Dr, Kuden Kamshak disclosed this while briefing newsmen in his office in Jos  on Friday.
According to Dr. Kamshak, “The state government has established Disease Survellance and Notification Officers (DSNO) in each of the 17 local governments in the state to monitor and manage the health challenge.
“We are also working with medical experts from the Who Health Organisation (WHO)  who are assisting the state to curb the spread”
He said, “As you are all aware, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed that the country has been experiencing Lassa Fever outbreak in the past few weeks in some states including Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo and Oyo states respectively.
“Lassa Fever is a Zoonotic disease, which means that human beigns became infected by contact with infected animals. The animal host of the virus is rodent (Rat) and the animal used to shed the virus through its urine and faeces.
“Human beign can became infected with the virus when the get exposed to urine and faeces of the carrier animal.
“Person to person transmission occurs both in community people live in clusters and spread faster in such crowded environment especially under poor sanitary conditions.
“Health officer could be at risk if they do not employ proper barrier nursing and infection control practices as expected of them”
Dr. Kamshak also said, “Lassa fever is always difficult to distinguish from other viral hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola virus and other diseases that causes fever.
“The symptom is usually gradual, starting from fever, general body weakness and malaise. After a few days headache, sore throat, chest pain, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cough may follow.
“When it became severe, facial swelling, bleeding through mouth, nose, ear, anus, genital will occur”
The clinician urged citizens to panic but remain calm and vigilant, and to report promptly to the nearest health care facility.
He also warned residents to clear their homes and surroundings of rats, maintain good sanitary habit and also keeps Cat at home to keep off rats.