A medical doctor with the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, Kogi State, has contracted Lassa fever in a fresh outbreak of the disease in the state.
The Medical Director of the Centre, Dr Olatunde Alabi, who confirmed this yesterday at a news briefing, said a male doctor with the hospital was diagnosed with the disease on January 19.
He said that the victim’s blood sample was sent to the Federal Medical Center, Irrua, Edo State, saying that the blood sample tested positive to laboratory tests.
Alabi said that the 30-year-old doctor was in the early hours of yesterday evacuated to Irrua for further treatment.
According to the Medical Director, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the state Ministry of Health and other stakeholders have been informed of the development and are already assisting the Centre in various ways.
He said that all the people that came in contact with the sick doctor, both at home and work had been placed under surveillance.
Alabi said that the centre in partnership with relevant stakeholders had commenced contact tracing to trace the source of the disease and ascertain if there is any other victim within the community where the doctor resides.
He said that the Centre will also embark on health education for its staff to prevent human to human transmission of the disease.
The Medical Director called for early report of cases of fever from members of the public for proper attention.
He also appealed to residents to take urgent steps to eliminate rats in their houses and surroundings, saying that foodstuffs like gari, rice, beans, maize should be kept in air tight containers to prevent contamination by rats.
Daily Trust on Sunday reports that about three confirmed cases of Lassa fever were recorded in Kogi State last year.