One person, identified as a female student nurse, has been confirmed dead of Lassa fever in Anambra State while 65 others have been placed under surveillance.
The Director of Public Health in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, disclosed this to newsmen in Awka on Monday.
Okafor said the deceased was a nursing student in a private school in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
He said the deceased was admitted to the Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka on June 11.
He said the lady was transferred to the General Hospital, Irrua, Edo State for diagnosis where she died on June 17.
He said, “She died at Irrua, Edo State on Saturday, but she was admitted at Amaku, Awka before she was transferred.
“She was schooling at one private nursing school at Nkpor; she was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vaginal; she was confirmed to be a Lassa fever victim in Irua.
“The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contact tracing. As of now, we have about 65 contacts that we are following up with; two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irrua.
“We are still tracking other ones and have advised them on what to do to ensure that they do not transfer it to their loved ones.”
Okafor urged residents to keep their surroundings and food free from rats.
In August last year, a medical doctor and three others were reportedly killed by Lassa fever in the state.