Lassa Fever: Gombe records 6 deaths from outbreak


Gombe State, government has reported the deaths of six persons from the out break of Lassa fever in Kaltungo Local Government of the state according to reports.

In a reports by Daily Trust, the coordinator of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), Comfort Danlami, in Kaltungo LGA disclosed, Wednesday that the outbreak was confirmed on April 11, which occurred at an Almajiri school in Dogon Ruwa ward of the local council.

Danlami who made the disclosure while on a advocacy visit by the team of the Gombe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (GoHealth) to the palace of the Mai Kaltungo, Saleh Muhammed, said the fever was discovered from an Almajiri school whom five of its students fell ill and where taken to a hospital for treatment. According to Daily Trust.

She narrated that, the incident was first suspected to be meningitis, but was later confirmed to be Lass fever after proper diagnosis.

The five students according to her lost their lives to the disease, while their teacher also fell ill and it was confirmed to be Lassa fever who also died that same day, aggregating the numbers of deaths to be six.

The coordinator revealed that, sensitization is on going in the community by her team while also, team of epidemiologists from the state had embarked on tracing suspected cases and those who came in contact with the confirmed cases in the community and its neighbouring towns.

To curb the widespread of the disease, she added that an isolation centre had been established to cater for the confirmed and suspected cases in the area, noting that 76 other suspected cases had been sent for confirmation.


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