Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lassa fever kills two in Lagos, 100 people under surveillance

Lassa Fever has killed two patients at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Chris Bode confirmed this on Tuesday.

He added that 100 workers were being monitored.

According to LUTH, the patients died after spending some days on admission.

“Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them,” LUTH said in a statement.

“The first was a 32-year old pregnant lady with bleeding disorder who died after a stillbirth. A post-mortem examination had been conducted before her Lassa Fever status was eventually suspected and confirmed.

“No less than 100 different hospital workers exposed to this index case are currently being monitored.”

The hospital disclosed that a resident doctor from the department of anatomic and molecular pathology, who took part in the autopsy is on admission in an isolated ward.

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