The first case of Lassa fever has been recorded in Lagos State. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has revealed recently. The patient is a 25 year old student of the Ahmadu Bello University who travelled from Zaria.
The patient is being isolated at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit of a hospital.
The minister asked the residents of the state not to panic as government is working to stop the spread of the disease. The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr. Olufemi Fasanmade said;
“Containment area being devised, ribavirin available. We will use theatre in A&E as isolation ward. No need to panic. But limit movement to A&E if not necessary. Our trained staff on ground.”
Lassa fever is transmitted by infected rodents especially rats.