Two cases of Lassa Fever have been identified in Nasarawa

Ever since the onset of the dry season in the state, the Nasarawa State Government has confirmed two cases of Lassa fever.

Dr Janet Angbazo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health announced the news at a press conference in Lafia on Friday.
The two infected people, according to Angbazo, are being treated in medical facilities in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

She additionally stated that three more victims’ contacts are undergoing medical examinations in the state.

“The state team has already conducted contact tracing of the infected persons and confirmed cases,” Agbazo said.
“We’ve obtained samples from their contacts as well, and we’re awaiting the results.”

She explained that Lassa fever symptoms normally appear one to three weeks after a patient comes into contact with the virus.

Members of the public with symptoms such as a slight fever, general discomfort, weakness, or headache should seek Lassa fever testing, according to the permanent secretary.
She also stated that the state had started a large public awareness campaign in partnership with traditional, community, and religious leaders.

She urged people to practise effective environmental hygiene to prevent rodents — the disease’s vector – away from food.
Angbazo also warned the public against eating contaminated foods, advising them to use a face mask and avoid crowded places.

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