The Lagos State government today Friday January 22, 2016, confirmed the death of one of the three cases of Lassa Fever in the state.
Speaking at a press briefing, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said the late victim, a 51-year-old man returned from Edo where he attended a wedding ceremony on December 28, last year before he fell ill.
The late patient was initially admitted at Divine Medical Centre in Ikoyi on January 12, 2016 and referred to Mainland Hospital Yaba early January 18, 2016 and later died at 2pm same day. The result of the laboratory test confirmed him positive of Lassa Fever.
The commissioner confirmed three suspected cases of Lasssa Fever. One case was confirmed on January 15 and two cases were confirmed on January 18. Eight suspected cases tested negative, while results for the remaining three suspected cases are yet to be received.
Giving a breakdown of the situation, Dr Idris said, the first confirmed case was at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and listed the contact line as follows; Ifako Ijaiye(100), Mushin(18), Alimosho( 42 )and Kosofe(1), with a sub-total of 160.
Further breakdown, he added that contacts being monitored are as follows; Ifako Ijaiye( 91), Mushin(18), Alimosho( 42), Kosofe(1), with a sub-Total of 151
He also listed the case two contact line for the Mainland General Hospital, in Eti-Osa (66) and the entire 66 contacts are currently being monitored.
The Commissioner confirmed that there are 14 recorded suspected cases of Lassa Fever as at January 21. He also stated that the Ministry has shortlisted 447 contacts of the confirmed cases and 438 of the contacts are currently being monitored.