No fewer than 40 persons have been placed under watch in Osun and Ondo state following contact with a Lassa fever patient.
Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Tokunbo Olajumoke, made this known during an awareness campaign at markets and other places in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
“About 40 persons that had contact with the dead are being followed up to see if they are going to develop the symptoms of Lassa fever. About 40 are being followed up and half of them are in Osun while the remaining others are in Ondo State.”
She noted that the Osun and Ondo states’ ministries of health are working with the NMA to monitor the forty persons under watch.
Olajumoke said the deceased who was referred from Ondo State to a hospital in Osun State eventually died and the two states had traced those he had contact with in the two states and had been watching them to see if they would develop signs of the deadly virus.
The NMA chairman added that that is the only death recorded so far in Osun State.
She however urged Nigerians to maintain good hygiene and ensure that their foodstuffs were always kept away from where rats could reach them.