#Life: Nigeria, Lassa Fever Hits Abuja

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The Lassa fever epidemic has hit the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with a patient who tested positive to the virus said to have died at the National Hospital 24 hours after he was admitted patient.

The latest mortality has raised the number of deaths to 43 across the country.

The man who was brought in from Plateau State, which is one of the 10 affected states, spent one week at a private hospital in Abuja before he was rushed to the National Hospital where he tested positive to Lassa fever and died within 24 hours.

‎The minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole, and the chief medical director of the hospital, Dr Jaf Momoh, confirmed the report after a closed-door meeting.

The minister has, however, directed a proper investigation of those who came into contact with the dead patient and the private hospital.

‎Adewole stated that the onset of the disease is usually gradual, starting with fever, general weakness, and malaise followed by headache, sore throat, muscle pain, cheat pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, and bleeding from mouth, nose, vagina, or gastrointestinal tract and low blood pressure. The disease can also be transmitted in health facilities where infection prevention and control practices are not carefully observed

Adewole advised Nigerians not to fear as modalities had been put in place to curb the spread of the disease.

Source: All Africa News

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