Lassa fever: Seven doctors, five nurses quarantined in Adamawa


After seven doctors and five nurses made contact with a patient diagnosed with Lassa fever, the hospital management have quarantined them at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa state.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday, an eyewitness stated: “Seven doctors, five nurses and two sub staff had direct contact with her.”

“But these are just contact, they don’t have any case or anybody that is manifesting with any symptom. Those that had direct contact with the patient are being quarantined for the incubation period of the disease.”

Those who are in isolation are expected to be observed for at least 21 days.

This development is coming a day after the Jigawa state government confirmed a case of Lassa fever involving a medical doctor.

In Ogun, Tomi coker, the state commissioner of health, also confirmed a single case of the disease.

She said the patient is a pregnant 29-year-old who took ill and was referred to the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had earlier confirmed the death of two health workers, who contracted the disease, in Kano.

The NCDC said 195 cases of Lassa fever have been confirmed and that 29 deaths have been reported in 11 states as of January 24.




Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

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