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Lassa fever hits Benue, kills one person



The Benue state government on Monday said a person died of Lassa fever in the state. The Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo, announced this in a statement issued to journalists in Makurdi, the state capital.

According to Ongbabo, a case of Lassa fever was indexed as of September 14, adding that the combined surveillance team had already visited the area to examine the location to locate the contract.

The statement says in part: “This is to alert members of the public that there is an outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever (Lassa) in the neighboring states of Nasarawa, Taraba and Plateau, among the 19 states of the federation since August 2019. Till the date.

“So far, 60 confirmed cases, with 16 deaths, have been registered nationwide. Benue has confirmed an index case on 9/14/19, with one death.

“The combined surveillance team has already visited to comb the area for contract search. The statement advised members of the public about the mode of transmission and prevention.