Barely two days after Nigerian Centre for Disease Control announced a Lassa fever outbreak in the country, the state commissioner of health in Plateau state, North Central Nigeria, Kunde Deyin, has confirmed the death of four people from Lassa fever in the state.
The incident came barely one week after the Nigerian Army announced the death of a soldierin Plateau from the disease. It was reported the death of the soldier who was attached to 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba Barrack, Jos.
While confirming the Plateau deaths, Mr. Deyin also said 16 people tested positive of the disease. He said the 16 are currently receiving treatment at Bingham Teaching Hospital Jos (Jankwano) and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). According to the commissioner, 25 cases were initially sampled out which 16 tested positive of Lassa fever.
Deyin said, “Four people have died of the disease, 25 cases were tested and 16 have been confirmed positive. Those who have been tested positive are currently receiving treatment at Bingham Teaching Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital.”
Mr. Deyin added that the disease is prevalent in five local government areas of Jos North, Jos South, Bassa, Riyom and Shendam. He said the state government is putting plans in place to control the spread of the disease, commonly spread by infected rats.